Leadership starts with the ability to lead yourself. This means accepting yourself and not letting past mistakes or negative thoughts define or limit who you are. Leaders must constantly improve, grow and evolve into better versions of themselves. Importantly, they understand the importance of stepping out of their comfort zones even though this is not always easy. Why are people usually so reluctant to move out of their comfort zone? Well, it could be due to self-limiting thoughts such as:
- Am I good enough?
- I’m afraid of failing
- I want people to like me
- Why change? It’s easier to do it my way
Let me share a story with you…
We all need to develop a Growth Mindset and challenge ourselves to move beyond what we think we are capable of achieving.
Many Yu Neng students stepped outside their comfort zones to embrace opportunities to take on various leadership roles and challenges over the course of the year. In the progress, they have learnt that leadership is about influence and not position. I am indeed proud to see how they have grown in confidence to speak in public, organize events, work in teams, problem-solve, make decisions and reach out to help others in need. Indeed you are never too small or young to make a positive difference. May you continue to exemplify our school motto “Light up and Shine” on your leadership journey.
2020 will indeed be an exciting year for all of us as we commemorate the school’s 85th anniversary. We invite you to join us in our celebrations and in co-authoring the next chapter in the Yu Neng Story.
Mrs Clara Lim-Tan