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Emerging Leaders Programme

Emerging Leaders Programme (ELP)

“Each one of us influences at least 10 000 people in our lifetime. The question is not that you will influence someone, but how you will use your influence!” John Maxwell

The Emerging Leaders Programme is a co-curricular programme designed for students who want to develop their leadership skills further—who want to 

grow, who want to be challenged, who take seriously this country’s need for responsive, responsible citizens. 

Participants attend the 12 session programme on selected Wednesdays or Fridays throughout the year.

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The Emerging Leaders Programme is based around four key pillars namely:

  1. General Leadership
  2. Self-Awareness
  3. Building Sustainable Support Networks
  4. Practical Project Skills

In the twelve sessions, different themes are explored, as listed in the wheel below. In each session, we present researched theory on the theme. We engage in class discussion and reflection, where participants explore their previous experiences related to that theme. Networks are encouraged through these interactions, which form the basis, in many instances, of relationships which endure beyond the classroom. 

The practical application of the theme is core and there are always exercises or tools offered to ensure that the lesson can be absorbed into the students’ leadership contexts.

Conray demonstrates the outcome we are working towards in his quotation, “I’m better able to identify challenges and survey realistic solutions. The challenges are inevitable, but it is the process of how I overcome these adversities that is important.”  

Besides the class work, participants are offered “coaching coupons” and are encouraged to work with LSR staff on a one on one basis, on issues that they might be experiencing difficulty with in their leadership context. Participation in a social responsibility project either on campus or within the community is required of participants to provide them with an avenue for practical application of lessons learned.

If you have any other queries please contact us either via email at: or visit our office located on the 3rd Floor Student Centre.

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