Student Leadership and EQ Development Workshops

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a series of development workshops on the Howard College campus for leadership students.

The series comprised a one-day Emotional Intelligence (EQ) workshop for the Medical student leadership and a two-day leadership workshop for Nursing students.

The aim of the workshops was to explore and enhance current leadership capabilities and help develop skills in leadership on campus and in the community.

Hosted by renowned coach and mentor, Ms Mariane Vorster – who has over 18 years’ experience in strategic leadership development – the leadership workshops examined aspects relevant to young student leaders, including leadership versus management, communication, assumptions and stereotypes, conflict management, reflection, and emotional intelligence.

The EQ workshop touched on basic communication skills such as email etiquette, among other issues.

‘This workshop was very informative and helped me reflect on aspects of my life,’ said Mr Tholumusa Sibiya, a CHS Medical Council Student representative.

Nursing student, Ms Xoliswa Dlodlo said she had learned a lot during the two-day leadership course.

‘What stood out for me is that as a young leader I have to understand my emotions and also be able to understand other people’s emotions,’ said Dlodlo.

‘I am now better equipped to handle my emotions and have acquired some skills on how to deal with other people’s emotions which is a big plus in the leadership world.’

Said Nursing student Ms Ntandokazi Mzizi: ‘The workshop was very helpful and enjoyable. It made us aware of problems we hadn’t recognised before and helped us on the road to becoming better leaders.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini and Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied