Participating in the Leadership through Ministry program
" . . . has given me priceless knowledge, abilities, and views that have advanced my leadership and personal development." - Desmond Ansah
Meet Desmond, Leadership through Ministry Intern
Desmond Ansah ministered at Homecoming Farm as part of the Leadership through Ministry program. In his own words:
"I had a transforming and rewarding experience by taking part in a leadership program. It has given me priceless knowledge, abilities, and views that have advanced my leadership and personal development.
The following list of essential lessons from my experience is condensed in this reflection:
Self-awareness: The leadership program promoted in-depth reflection, which helped
me identify my strengths, limitations, values, and philosophical principles. I've been able
to lead truthfully and with purpose by identifying my areas of strength and using them.
Communication: Throughout the training, effective communication emerged as a
crucial ability. I gained skills in effective communication, empathy, and active listening.
This improved my capacity for teamwork, trust-building, and motivating people to work
toward shared objectives. Understanding and controlling emotions in myself and others
was a key component of developing into a successful leader. My ability to negotiate
difficult circumstances with empathy and empathy helped me create a helpful and
encouraging team atmosphere.
Adaptability: The leadership program exposed me to various situations and difficulties,
encouraging flexibility and adaptability. I discovered how to adapt to change, think
quickly on my feet, and have an open mind to fresh viewpoints.
Making decisions: The program allowed participants to do so in realistic situations. By
learning from my successes and failures, I developed greater confidence in my
decision-making skills and the fortitude to make difficult decisions when necessary.
Others empowerment: A key learning was the value of team member empowerment
and responsibility delegation. I saw the team's output and creativity soar by building a
culture of trust and accountability.
Vision and goal-setting: Creating a compelling vision and establishing realistic goals
became a pillar of my leadership style. I understood the value of rallying the group
around a common goal to inspire everyone to pursue excellence. Leadership typically
requires the ability to overcome obstacles and disappointments. The course made me
realize how important it is to be resilient, to persevere in the face of difficulty, and to
grow from failure.
Collaboration and networking: Meeting new people during the program broadened
my perspectives and provided opportunities for fruitful networking. A wealth of
knowledge and novel viewpoints were made available by working with people from
various backgrounds and degrees of competence.
Servant leadership: Perhaps the most profound lesson was the concept of servant
leadership. The program emphasized that leaders are meant to serve their teams and
organizations, putting the needs of others above their own. This approach engendered
respect and loyalty among team members.
Overall, the leadership program was a life-changing experience that shaped me into a
more effective, compassionate, and visionary leader. I am grateful for the opportunity to
have participated in such a transformative journey and am excited to apply these
learnings to future leadership endeavors."