A Professional Program to Enhance Our Student’s Team Building and Leadership Skills
With the Certified Team Leader [CTL] Professional Program in association with the Chartered Management Institute, UK [CMI], we at Westford aid students in transitioning from being independent workers to being effective team players. This program was hence ideal for aspiring team leaders looking to develop their team leading, problem-solving, and decision-making skills and knowledge.
Across a period of 5 weeks, we encouraged the students to identify the difference between management skills and leadership competencies, to take responsibility for getting work done in teams, to communicate effectively in writing as well as verbally, to plan short- and long-term goals, define work objectives and delegate effectively.
In the first week, the module introduction to Managerial Roles was conducted by Mr. John Gilbert, HR Faculty at Westford along with Mr. Leo Obra who is an HR Leader and Specialist with strong consultancy, teaching, and training experience, and with Mr. John, course leader in Media, Culture and Communication at Westford. Together as a team, they ensured our students have a hands-on experience of managing a team. Using relevant theories as a framework, the faculties put together a set of games ranging from Ball Games, Helium Stick, Blindfold Games, Quizzes, Presentations, etc. – all helping them hone their leadership and team management skills. To ace these games, the students were required to communicate within their teams effectively, learn how to take instructions from their designated leaders, and be watchful of their competitors – hence giving them a real-world and competitive scenario of the business environment.