EO’s Regional Leadership Academies (RLA) are offered across the globe and provide EO member leaders insights and education under the guidance of world-class facilitators. RLA focuses on leading in diversity, recognizing that leadership is about leading diverse teams from multiple countries, races, cultures, languages and styles.
With a limited number of attendees in each class and a fully immersive format, attendees are pushed beyond their comfort zones and graduate with skills to change their lives for the better.
We asked Jason Lind (pictured at left), an RLA graduate from EO Cape Town, about his experience in this groundbreaking program.
Why did you apply for the program?
It was an opportunity to engage with global EO members in my home town. The challenge of interacting with such a diverse range of nationalities and people is out of my normal routine, and I was looking to challenge myself and learn from the experience.
What surprised you about the program?
Every single moment of the course surprised me. I went with an open mind and no expectations, and I was completely blown away.
The tone for the event was set the first morning with an incredible visit to the Pollsmoor prison facility in Tokai, Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela stayed in the final years of his sentence. The energy and engagement that followed brought incredible value to the course.
What was the highlight of the program for you?
The course itself is the highlight. The RLA package comes together as a complete experience. There were fun moments and interesting learning, but the course sits as a highlight of my year and that is thanks to all the elements that the RLA team bring to the event.
From the content and the calibre of those delivering the content, to the activities and social spaces provided to encourage all attendees to engage with each other, RLA is by far the best EO experience I have had the privilege of attending.
I am super excited, as I am sure it is just the start of my EO leadership journey.
What were your key take-aways?
Taking action makes a difference. Whether it is taking action to create new habits for personal or business growth, or taking action to build a better world, it starts with each one of us. Putting one foot in front of the other with determination to reach our goals will get us there. We just need to take the first steps.
Also, the power of proper scheduling is something I try to make use of daily now. It helps me to focus on the important goals in my life effectively.
How has RLA impacted you as an entrepreneur?
RLA allowed me to truly be a part of the global EO community. Seeing the global picture and experiencing how learning and working together can make a difference in the world has inspired me to take action in my own community.
I am in the early phases of creating better communication and channels among various stakeholders in the ex-offenders and reintegration space, to help make our communities and cities safer and more positive.
I’m working on this with the support of other RLA participants. Knowing my peers stand behind me has motivated me to lead a project that can make a real difference in the lives of people that need our help, guidance and inspiration.
EO members can learn more about the project from our MyEO group.
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