The workshop “Level Up your Interdisciplinary Research through Conscious Leadership and Awareness” has been one of the life-changing workshops that I have participated in in an academic setup. It has helped me reflect, mediate, and challenge myself to focus more from being the best in a team to being the best for the team.
Through the workshop, I have realized that achieving goals in a team hinges on creating healthy systems that motivate each team member to make a full contribution and I have been given tools to create such systems. I am now ready to demonstrate a high level of humility and readiness to be guided by different cultural norms and appreciate more the good in other cultures. My gained self-awareness also engenders deep curiosity about people and their cultures and a desire to understand how they operate. This creates a drive to break down barriers, challenge traditional thinking, and fosters creativity and experimentation. Through conscious leadership I now know how to promote alignment among team members which helps everyone in the team to focus on the bigger picture. It provides opportunities for team members to weigh in (make contributions) before they buy in. It promotes coaching, mentoring, facilitating, probing deeper, and actively seeks out divergent thinking before aligning around a decision or goal.
Considering the enormous benefits that comes with having learnt about “conscious leadership and awareness” in this workshop, I have resolved to make deliberate efforts to develop and nurture the skills constantly observe, monitor and evaluate myself and how I react to situations as I interact with other team members. I have started to take the initiative to learn more and have an open mind about other team members. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to have a transformative experience to better deal with challenges of diversity and team work with more ease, joy and human connection.
Petros Suzgo Kayovo Mkandawire, Development and Agricultural Economist, Doctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen