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Posted on Mon, 2017-04-03 16:33
The World Federation India office in collaboration with India Federation organised the Second Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in India as part of their vision to develop spiritual and vibrant communities that serve humanity.
The essence of the program was personal development, which led participants on a journey of self-discovery which allows them to make a positive impact, not only to the community but also to humanity at large.
The modules covered during the program were designed to help develop leadership skills, serve the community and fulfil one’s duty towards Allah (SWT).
The program was comprehensive and enlightening. Some of the concepts covered were:
Capacity vs Capability
Tolerance vs Respect
Faith in action
Understanding self through various parameters
Temperaments and interaction styles
Understanding leadership styles
Development of leadership qualities and practices
Power of vision
‘LDP is a great program everyone must attend. It is full worth as it does change your life. The program is not just about leadership skills but all about personality development and teaching techniques to implement great values and helping in becoming an excellent human being.’ - Fatemah Merchant, Participant.
The Facilitators, as well as Development Facilitators, were professional, dedicated, and passionate with each of them positively touching the lives of the participants. The LDP concluded with each participant sharing one aspect of the course they had found most useful and providing feedback on what could be done to improve the course.
The LDP has been a significant step towards helpfully changing the outlook of participants, shaping new leaders and taking the community forward. The participants unanimously agreed that the program was a revelation. It pushed them out of their comfort zone, took away a lot of myths around relationships (both in a personal and work context), and has now equipped them with tools useful to not only embrace their true selves, but also to unlock their potential to take them to new heights personally, professionally and spiritually.
The closing ceremony, which was attended by the local community, included a video message from Dr Moledina where he thanked the LDP team for holding the event and the participants for taking part.
Shabbir Panjwani says: "I must say LDP really gave me the time to really dig deep and reach into myself and heal what needed to be healed. This would not have been possible without all Facilitators' selflessness and willingness to help. I hope one day I can do the same for others. I really believe that LDP can change lives as long as you are open to change."
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World Federation continues again this year to showcase the numerous merits and accomplishments of Muslim women across the globe!