I always look forward to opportunities to improve myself through learning. For the past few years, I’ve been taking online classes offered by universities and have benefitted a lot from the excellently-planned educational material that I can access from the comfort of my own home. I like that I am able to listen to professors’ lectures from across the globe, submit my assignment on a weekly basis, participate in lesson discussions with classmates from different nationalities and of course, test my lesson retention through weekly quizzes.
Books are definitely good learning and reference material, allowing readers to be somehow mentored by the writers as they share their life, passion and research. The most exciting for me it seems, are seminars and conferences. Being a public speaker myself, it is a joy for me to listen to seasoned professionals and subject-matter experts who bring their varied education, background and experiences. The fact that I can actually interact and network with them in the flesh is a bonus. I especially like it when they open the floor for questions for it allows attendees to clarify insights and seek the speakers’ viewpoints.
I recently attended the 16th Leaders and Achievers Summit organized by Salt and Light Ventures. They brought together six world-class speakers who shared their experience and insights on Creating Leadership Value and strengthening one’s personal and leadership brand.
The ability to listen is the root of understanding how authentic leadership brands are.
A value proposition is your company’s statement of how your product or services solves a need or improves a situation. It’s able to capture what you can do for your customers.
David Sutherland shared his story of making an impact in the lives of the poorest of the poor in the Philippines through International Care Ministries which was founded in 1992.
Luigi Mapa, the second young leader to take the stage that day taught us to SEE WORTHY. To SEE WORTHY is to see beyond the physical and the present.
4 Levels of Seeing:
2) Intellectual Seeing – looking at data, analyzing situations from different perspectives
3) Emotional Seeing – Seeing with our hearts, sensitivity and awareness of people’s emotions
4) Spiritual – Faith, not sight. Understanding that believing comes before seeing. What is essential is invisible to the eye.
Before the final session, the speakers were given ample time to entertain some questions that were posted on the Slido conference app.
Bo Sanchez capped off the event, putting together everything we learned in his session: THE POWER OF CLARITY.
- Be clear about your VISION – Much of leadership is about giving hope.
- Be clear about your VALUES – Care. Integrity. It’s not about you.
- Be clear about your VEHICLE – The greater the pull back, the greater the come back. Your detour is a doorway to your destiny.
I’ve got more material recorded for my VLOG which I should be working on within the week, so please stay tuned! I hope that the notes I shared here would be very helpful to you. Thank you Salt and Light Ventures, Flair Image Consultancy and Philippine Daily Inquirer for putting together this great learning and professional networking event!