Student leaders of the National Movement of Catholic Students (NMCS) attended a Heroic Leadership workshop held at Chinhoyi Pastoral Centre from the 23rd to the 26th of July 2015.

The training course was co-facilitated by Jesuit Education Coordinator Mr. Colbert Mpofu and NMCS Chaplain Fr. Clyde S.J, using Chris Lowney’s book, ‘Heroic Leadership’ as the basis for Ignatian leadership. This workshop gave leadership training a different flavour, this time being coated with a spirituality, which emphasises prayer and service as the foundation of leadership. Ignatian Spirituality emphasizes a Christ centred approach to life, oriented to the greater good of self, others, God and creation.

Mr. Mpofu gave much weight to the four pillars of Heroic leadership, these being Self-awareness, Ingenuity, Love and Heroism. When one is aware of the self and the organization, his/her leadership would automatically embrace love and heroism, so with ingenuity.  Armed with this awareness, leaders heroically lead change with actions that changes lives positively and permanently.

Most leaders have huge ambitions, most of which are never realized because they either lack a spirituality or they delay beginning putting thoughts and dreams into action. Therefore the workshop “dream big, start small and start now.

The participants, who included chaplains, patrons and student leaders, found a new focus in leadership, received certificates of attendance.  Equipped with such formation, the church has gained in young people ready to serve.