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Law alumna talks about leading the self

Meilynne Gem C. Sonjaco | News Writer

“It is in internal leadership development through higher education where leaders are molded. You should be a leader of yourself,” Atty. Myrish Cadapan-Antonio said during her talk as the Balik-Talent lecturer of Silliman University (SU) College of Law, last Aug. 18 at Moot Court, Villareal Hall.

The alumna reminded SU faculty and law students that to become efficient and effective leaders, both competencies and skills should be mastered internally to create greater impact in the society.

In her lecture entitled “Leadership Development in Higher Education: Trends and Legal Perspectives”, she pointed out that most leadership trainings focus more on the external competencies of an individual, giving less attention to how their minds work in stress, rush decision making and change in environment.

“We’ve only grown leaders based on competencies like public speaking, operations management, even change management but there had been little done in changing the mindset of the leaders into a positive growth mindset,” Antonio said.

She explained that positive growth mindset means “to first understand and evaluate the condition of the environment before acting in to be a leader.”

Antonio stressed that what is needed at the present are leaders who are fast enough in thinking since ideas today are easily populating and organizations are being born every second.

According to her, development is 70 percent experiential and practical, 20 percent coaching and mentoring, and 10 percent classroom and lecture.

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