Leadership is the essence of a winning organisation regardless of its end-goal. Youth nowadays are more prone to taking up leadership roles as there are more opportunities floating around especially in the age of technology. So, it is only fitting that Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) students are following suit in paving the leadership road.
ULead recently sat down with a few leaders from Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Persatuan Kebudayaan Cina (PKC) and eSports to garner several insights from the president of their teams, respectively. Hosted by MC Jaie and MC DZ (an actual emcee from EmceeVengers, not a hip-hop artist!), the compact interview session was well-lit with go-getters namely, Akmal Amni (eSports), Nur Hazwani (IET) and Lee Zi Sheng (PKC). Starting off the session with a simple question of the factors that made them join their clubs, each had their own answer. Nur Hazwani commented that she wanted to develop her soft skills while Zi Sheng was invited to join the committee after leaving a good impression during an event he had joined.
During the interview session, the three of them agreed upon the fact that having a clear and concise set of instructions really does put their teammates at ease as events or projects can run smoothly. Adding on, Akmal noted that having a good time management and understanding the fact that everyone is in a team and it is completely okay to reach out to one another when it comes to dealing with a certain task. Identifying and playing up to their strengths and weaknesses will prove to be pertinent as a leader of a team, he adds. Other than that, it was apparent that all three leaders were very empathetic towards their teammates, with Zi Sheng pointing out that giving second chances to members should not be frowned upon.
The seriousness of the topic was cooled off by a game session in which the three presidents were put to a test playing a Rapid Fire Round and Never Have I Ever. Surprising their hosts with their good behaviours especially when it came to questions such as signing the attendance for an absentee friend or cheating in exams, Akmal, Wani and Zi Sheng proved to be true to their words (maybe Wani had a little contradictions but countered it, anyways!). Hilarious to watch and with the hosts antics, the guests were at complete ease.
The interview continued on with each president talking about their clubs’ achievements. As Wani puts it, she was incredibly proud of the International ACEic that was held for innovators and students from all over Southeast Asia. Talk about diversity! As for eSports, Akmal mentioned that they had sent a representative for our country to China for a competition, and had won the fourth place, which is extremely incredible. When asked about PKC’s biggest achievement, it was no doubt that Drama Night took the coveted spot. Drama Night is a play put on by PKC every year for the last 8 years and every one in UNITEN knows about it. The session continued on with a few tips and tricks on leadership being thrown around like confetti, it was obvious that all three leaders were keen on the idea of not underestimating oneself, being brave and making sure to join events was a surefire way to a great leadership. The show wrapped up with both the guests and hosts full of glee with the very insightful session.
Written by Rayvathi a/p Theivindran
3rd Year, Bachelor of Electrical Power Engineering (Hons.)
Universiti Tenaga Nasional