Leadership | Newsletter – January 2022

Leadership doesn’t look the same every time. In fact, it rarely does. You’re probably familiar with many examples of famous leaders from history books, the news, your community, etc. We remember these leaders for their accomplishments. And sometimes we remember leaders for their failures.

Effective leadership is not unique to iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr. or Mahatma Gandhi, who paved the way for a better tomorrow. For instance, when I think of leaders and leadership, I also think of nurses who work tirelessly to care for our sick and elderly, artists who lend their creativity to challenge the way we think, and community members who stand up to protest for social change. Leaders help foster new ideas and growth within their communities. The truth is that there’s a leader in each of us.

But let’s start by breaking down the idea of leadership. On its most basic level, leadership is defined as the capacity to lead and generate a following. The definition of leadership speaks to its core sentiment and tells us that you don’t need a fancy title to be considered a leader. You don’t have to be the student body president to be a leader at your school. You just need to be someone who cares about a cause enough to ask others to join you.

Leadership Skills and Assets

Time management, goal-setting, communication, decision-making, advocating for and defending a cause, accountability, and networking are all key assets to a great leader.

Time management: A leader must be willing to take on a variety of responsibilities. Holding a leadership position often requires rapid turnarounds. Knowing when to prioritize certain tasks over others can sometimes be a challenge. However, deadlines help to ensure that oneself and others complete tasks in a timely manner.

Goal-Setting: Leaders set goals to guide their progress. They see problems as opportunities to solve and break up their vision into smaller milestones. They evaluate their progress based on the milestones they’ve reached. And they look for creative and innovative ways to achieve their goals.

Communication: In an era of technological domination, communication takes many forms: speech, text, photography, video, body language, etc. No matter the platform, effective communication is key in spreading your message and generating a following.

Decision-making: While leadership and power are not one and the same, leaders often have the power to make decisions that affect a variety of stakeholders. Each day, we make decisions—many of these decisions are inconsequential. Yet, over time, these decisions come together to contribute to the big-picture vision.

Advocating for or Defending a Cause: Leaders frequently play a role in advocating for a cause or defending a decision. They have the opportunity to go against the grain and speak up for marginalized voices.

Accountability: Using a system of checks and balances can help maintain the accountability necessary to achieve your goals successfully. And when something goes wrong, you can provide appropriate feedback and make improvements for your next move.

Networking: Networking is a skill that will be important throughout your leadership journey. But, when you’re just getting started, it is especially important. Your network is your team of supporters and advocates. Once you have a team of supporters, your personal progress will become a joint mission. Social connections are tools that you can use to navigate through difficult situations. When you encounter a challenge, it’s likely that others have experienced that same challenge. They may have advice or be able to offer the best practices they employed while navigating through that challenge.

Mastering these skills is fundamental to becoming a resilient leader. Despite the level of distinction among these skills, they work best when you align them as part of a coherent framework.

Leadership Activities for College Students

Here are ideas from Positive Psychology for getting involved as a leader in your school and community:

  • Participate in student government
  • Join or start a club
  • Get involved in sports teams or other after-school activities
  • Find volunteering opportunities
  • Get an internship
  • Complete a passion project

Want to do good in the world and inspire people? That’s the first step to joining the next generation of leaders. As a young leader, you bring unique, new ideas. Your fresh perspective is a toolkit for change. Let your dreams guide you.

Developing strong leadership skills will not only enhance your role as a member of society but will also help improve your ability to make a difference in your own life and the lives of others. Once you develop the skills necessary to lead, you can apply them however you want.

Strategies and Activities for Becoming a Student Leader

Part of the leadership journey is exploring your driving forces. Here are a few steps you can take to help define your purpose:

  • Explore what motivates you and what you would like to do or change.
  • While you develop your vision, look into areas of need.
  • Find out where you feel most connected and explore your role in meeting those needs.
  • Define your aspirations and devise an agenda to get started.

A clear purpose is a foundation you need to inspire people to do good and create positive outcomes. No matter how big your dream is, keep your vision in front of you. Let your “why” guide you. Draw on your own experiences. Dive deep into topics you find interesting. And that passion will drive your behaviour and propel you forward toward reaching your goals.

Importance of Leadership Qualities in Students

Leadership plays an important role in every aspect of a student’s life. Students go through many stages in life for career development where they need leadership skills. In the modern world, students are facing many career challenges, employment problems, and conflicts between idealism and beneficial. That’s why they need leadership skills to accept challenges, solve problems and analyse career direction. Why it is important for their career development and happiness. And how students’ leadership skills to impact society, communities, nations, and companies and political parties. And most importantly nature and environmental development.

  • Boosting Leadership Skills – The basics of these aspects can be learned to a certain extent by students of any age. They just would need some relevant studying material in accordance with their needs.
  • Team Building – You will never be able to succeed as a leader without a healthy belief in yourself and your abilities, and college is a great time to develop your confidence.
  • Sharpen Your Problem-Solving Skills – Life is essentially one problem after the other, and as a leader in the professional world, you are often charged with guiding your group through an almost endless series of challenges. 
  • Inspiring Networking – Team building and student leadership at college or university show students how to build such connections. Leaders get to know a lot of people, including teachers, faculty, and heads of student clubs and organizations.
  • Setting Role Models – Teenagers don’t tend to like adult authority, so a leader of their age often becomes an example to follow. With the help of student leadership, this problem can be solved long before young professionals start working.

Many things are determined about students by their communication ability with teachers, parents, neighbours, friends, and relatives. Social skills highlight our ability to connect with people. The better students are able to connect with other good people and society the better it will help them in their careers.

To conclude – Once you establish yourself as a leader, keep in touch with your mentor and network. The scope of networking is boundless. Ask your parents, teachers, and peers to connect you with people they know! Stay in touch with your teachers from high school even after you graduate. You never know when you may need to ask for letters of recommendation along the way. Many great leaders have earned their positions by reaching out to mentors in their own communities.

“Leadership is the Capacity to translate Vision into Reality” – Warren Bennis

Resources

  1. Article on Leadership Skills and its Importance
  2. Article on Opportunities for Leadership in College
  3. Article on Leadership Experience/ College Life
  4. Ted Talk on Effective Leadership
  5. Video on Leadership Skills for Students

Update on Skill Development & Training

In the new cohort, currently, in the 2nd year (1438), 699 students are currently doing the Enguru English program and 739 scholars are in the Hello English program. The post-assessments are currently ongoing for these programs.

The Campus to Corporate “Skills Training Program” supported by Capgemini (1460 scholars) 484 students are in the Hi-touch English program by eAge Tutors, 713 in the Coursera program, and 30 in the Skill Lync program. A batch of 67 students from 2nd and 3rd-year Computer Science & IT streams completed camp 1 on Front End Development in the IBM Skill Build program on December 21st. The 2nd batch with 111 scholars started camp 2 on “Artificial Intelligence” on Dec 10th.

This year, the 2nd year students in Law (18) and Pharma (52) cohorts are also enrolled in the English program with Enguru. The students are currently doing the end assessments. The Pharma scholars are also in the Coursera program.

FLY (Finding the Leader in You) Program in partnership with CMI and IIT-Gandhinagar

The 12-days workshop was conducted in October with a batch of 34 students. This comprises of 2nd year Engineering scholars. This workshop is conducted by CMI – Competitive Mindset Institute Inc and designed to teach noncognitive skills for the personality and character development of students.

Soft Skill Training programs and webinars for Medical FFE scholars

Qmed – Medical Literature searching course for research and study is going on for 66 Medical scholars. 

English Training for Medical scholars

A pilot batch of 134 Medical scholars mostly from the 2nd year is currently enrolled in the Enguru App-based English program. 

Medical Webinar – A panel discussion on Mental Health – Stress Handling and Coping up with Anxiety will be conducted on 9th Jan for all medical scholars.

KPMG Soft skill sessions – Like last year, KPMG has come forward to conduct a series of soft skill sessions for Engineering scholars on topics like Resume Building, Interview handling tips, and tricks, Future of work, and Personal Branding from 4th – 25th January.

Placement Update

  • From the 2020-21 graduating batch of 889 Engineering students, 94.5% (840) is placed; 614 have secured jobs and 226 have opted for higher studies while 5.5% students (49) are seeking employment.
  • From the 2021-22 graduating batch of 1256 Engineering students (current final year), 68% (858) are placed; 673 have secured jobs and 185 have opted for higher studies. The remaining 398 students are attending campus interviews

FFE is thankful to its corporate partners Geberit Plumbing Technology India Private Limited, O9 Solutions, Altimetrik India Pvt. Limited, Capgemini TechnologyServices India Limited, KPMG Assurance, and Consulting Services LLP, TraneTechnologies, Ingersoll Rand, Thomson Reuters, Thoughtworks for offering Placement opportunities to FFE’s batch of 2019-20, 2020-21 & 2021-22.

Below are toppers in the Coursera training program. They have been issued with gift vouchers, based on their performance. Congratulations to all of you!

Coursera Program Topper for the month of December 2021-22
Chinnasurya Prasad VulavalaNational Institute of Technology, Raipur
Manvitharoy Kopparapu Venkata NagaNational Institute of Technology, Patna
Akshai AthotaNational Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
Niteesh HegdeRV College of Engineering, Bengaluru
Pulugujju PrashanthNational Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR 2022!!!

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