2011 Powerlist Foundation/Deloitte Leadership Programme

In July 2011, 40 young people were offered the chance to gain a unique insight on a world-class programme. Kyomi Wade was one of them.

We were taught by experts from a variety of disciplines, including Judi James, one of the world’s leading body language and behaviour experts, who spoke on the psychology of presentation, touching on the way we speak, stand and even how to shake someone’s hand properly. And at the two networking evenings we met some incredibly important and useful people.This summer I had the good fortune to take part in the inaugural Powerlist Foundation Summer School. Designed and hosted by the world-renowned professional services giant Deloitte on behalf of the Powerlist Foundation, the exciting three-and-a-half day course took penultimate-year university students (with a couple of first years thrown in for good measure) and put us through a challenge to identify the characteristics of great leadership. Over the three-and-a-half days, a wide variety of keynote speakers gave a deep and personal insight into the reasons for their success and explained to us what leadership meant to them. They included orthopedic surgeon Samantha Tross, private equity baron Damon Buffini, last year’s top Future Leader Edwin Broni-Mensah, Avante Partnership CEO Cedric Frederick and Powerlist Foundation chair Ken Olisa, owner of boutique merchant bank Restoration Partners.

After being tested for our learning styles and personal characteristics, we were divided into five groups and given a mentor – each of whom was a very successful person in their own right. The mentor for my group was management consultant Phil Walker, who proved the catalyst for the many of the ideas we came up with. We then were given the challenge which stated: Using your knowledge of business, what makes a successful leader in the 21st century?

The next two-and-a-half days was spent answering that question by listening to what the guest speakers had to say, attending various specialist sessions and taking advice from our mentors. On the final day each group presented their solution to the challenge to the judges, who, after deliberating, offered each group invaluable feedback on how we had done.

I left the course feeling exhilarated and elevated by what I had learned about myself and enlightened by the range of students I met. I now understand that being self-aware is key to becoming a great leader – and thus my personal starting point.”

Credit: Published by Future Leaders Magazine and written by Kyomi Wade, 2011 Summer Leadership Programme delegate