A student leadership workshop, ‘LEAD (Learn, Engage, Adapt, Discuss)’ was organised on Sunday by the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (Szabist) at a local hotel. Around 250 students from various universities and colleges of Karachi participated in the event.
LEAD is an initiative of Art and Discourse for Change (ADC) programme which is run by the Szabist student support services department. The ADC’s mission is to maximise the potential of the youth and cultivate their skills through a series of interactive activities and events, leading to societal change.
LEAD provided participants a chance to learn the foundations of student leadership. Notable speakers at the workshop included Ali Saeed, Govinda Hira, Gohar Hassan Syed and Sana Aslam. The speakers touched on various aspects of leadership, including work ethics and discipline, communication and team building, mental health, entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Through discussions and activities, the participants formed a student government to run which they needed hiring of personnel, deciding method of governance, development of annual plans, delegation of responsibilities and dealing with espionage activities and hostility. Through the workshop, the participating students not only learnt to lead and engage with professionals but were also exposed to a large population of students hailing from diverse cultures and regions.
The workshop helped students expand their individual leadership potential and develop interpersonal and communication skills.