Today in our series of “Getting to know our new board members for 2016-2017”, we will be featuring our Director of Professional Development.
1. What is your leadership philosophy?
I’m a problem-solver by nature. I tend to view my situation/environment in its entirety, highlight issues and employ innovative ways to rectify these issues. I, therefore, believe that I am guided by an innovative leadership philosophy. I also strongly believe in teamwork and empowering others.
2. Who is your mentor/s and what recent challenge/s have you sought their advice for?
My mentor is my current manager. I was at a critical junction in my life and the decision I made would have had a direct impact on my immediate future. His guidance allowed me to assess all the pros and cons and the outcome is that I am now pursuing graduate level studies.
3. What cereal best describes you as a person?
I believe the cereal Cocoa Puffs best describes my personality. Cocoa puffs when impacted by milk, transforms to a dark brown colour. Similarly, I tend to substantially impact any environment I encounter.
4. How do you stay engaged and passionate about your club responsibilities?
That’s a funny one! The question needs to ask how do I stay engaged and passionate about my 9-5 with my love for NKRC. I would say one in every five objects or activities within my field of vision triggers a thought of how to improve the club’s initiatives and increase awareness about the Rotary movement. Truth be told, I love NKRC and Rotaract more than my job. It’s easy to stay and engaged and passionate when you’ve found your love. I can always add value in some way, shape or form.
5. What is the greatest constructive criticism you have ever received as a director?
I am told I am strong-willed. I usually only accept a directive from higher-up if I understand it and its value. If I don’t, I try to. I’ve learned that efforts to understand all I am instructed to do may waste precious time. On the other hand, understanding whatever I’m instructed to do may allow me to provide feedback regarding a better approach. The lesson learnt is to consider the time factor when contemplating to act on directives.
6. Using only two words, describe yourself.
7. In what type of environment are you most productive?
I am most productive in a medium-paced environment that allows me the latitude to timely analyze and apply a sense of creativity.