Community matters

Here at RAF Halton, leadership in Defence is often talked about, but Leadership in the community here at Halton is just as important. But what makes a good leader?

A quick synopsis of the leadership attributes that Defence consider important, describes someone who has integrity, underpinned by trust and loyalty. Vision is also important to clarify success and boundaries. That individual must be a competent communicator to negotiate, influence, network and mentor. Good leadership requires good decision making in complex situations where ambiguity is present. This often comes through innovation and creativity of thought to bring a fresh approach when needed. Humility or treating others with respect is how a good leader implements their leadership and is mediated by their own professional knowledge as they strive for the best effect.

Looking around the community here at RAF Halton, you will see that there are many individuals who fit into these categories. One such person is Ros Allen, the Rainbows and Rattles Toddler group organiser. Ros took over the organisation of the toddler group over a couple of years ago and those who know Ros will agree she makes a very good leader. The Rainbows and Rattles toddler group is held in the Trinity Community Centre Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

To develop leadership in our young people here at RAF Halton we need to understand that “leadership development is progressive and various leaders have differing degrees of potential”. 1

For some young people here at RAF Halton aspiring beyond how they see themselves is a challenge. The Airplay summer and youth programmes give opportunities for such development. With over one hundred young people participating and over six hundred signatures for joining this year’s summer activities, it shows that the young people here at Halton are using those opportunities.

There is always room for innovative leadership and one method for developing innovation is by young adults going to university. For some the thought of going to university is beyond the way that some young people see their potential and capacity. If you have a son or daughter that say university is not for them, then please encourage them to come forward and to get in touch with me, Wilma, 01296 656355 or anyone from the Airplay team.

The way people are learning is evolving, and at the moment Oxford University is looking for young people to participate in a ‘who done it exercise’. It is a bit like the Cluedo version only with real actors. Solving problems enables our young people to become good decision makers and communicators, which will help them to become our new leaders of the future. Mentors are assigned to each young person so they will not be on their own and the activity takes place next Easter 2013.

For further opportunities whether it is leading a group or becoming a volunteer then please do get in touch with Wilma Kingsbury, the Community Development Officer.

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