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times. Do we focus on our own struggles, or maintain our commitment to our peers? Courage: Courage is something that we all have within us. It is activated by a combination of adversity and believing in something, or someone, enough to allow it to surface. Sacrifice: If people believe in something enough they will sacrifice for it. This is most evident in war but not all sacrifice is of one’s life. Time, effort, emotional energy or comfort can all be sacrificed. A leader can harness this sacrifice towards a vision.

7. WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOUR OWN ABILITY TO CONQUER THE ADVERSITY YOU EXPERIENCED DURING THE PROGRAM?

I learned that it is a lot easier to conquer the same adversity when doing it in a team who is going through the same. I learned that I need to push on and that I will only get stronger from adversity. I learned that adversity can come in many different forms, physical, mental but also from failures to properly work as a team. Adversity is not something that should be avoided, but something we should actively seek. It is the best way to develop ourselves. We must be constantly mindful during adversity that we do not sacrifice our values for short-term gains in comfort. Adversity tests who we really are and shows us where we need to improve.

8. WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT LEADERSHIP?

Leadership comes in many shapes and forms. Leaders do not need to be the loudest, most “manly” or the most accomplished. It is instead about understanding those who you want to lead and supporting them to become the best versions of themselves. It is about funnelling their talent and work towards a vision. This cannot be achieved if one views themselves as above their team. Leadership can be displayed through consistent, behind the scenes, small acts of support. It can be displayed by speaking up when the team is not working together as they should. Leadership does not require that one knows the answers, but rather that they can foster the environment in which the answers can arise from the group. To lead, the first person we need to critique is ourselves. There are many different types of leader and we can take inspiration from other leaders, but must accept that our personal style of leadership might not be the same as theirs. Leadership can be built and honed, the same as any other skill. Above all else, it is about accepting our own imperfection, striving to understand and support our peers.

9. WHAT ARE THE MAIN BENEFITS YOU RECEIVED FROM THE PROGRAM?

The program was extremely humbling. It reiterated that we always have far more to learn and have something to learn from anybody if we give them the time. I learned a huge deal about the Kokoda campaign, PNG, myself and my peers. I learned more about my own strengths and areas for improvement. It highlighted the importance of working as a team and that this is not always an easy thing, but that failing to do so will only hurt us in the long term. I learned that we can achieve anything if we set our goals and work together. I learned to not underestimate the courage and ability of the average person, myself included.

10. WHAT RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE TO HELP US IMPROVED THE PROGRAM?

Maybe have more briefings or group discussion sessions (similar to what we had when we discussed our leader role model). For example, after a couple of days, is there anything the group is struggling with? Are people getting annoyed at each other? Who has displayed an act of leadership so far? n

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