Learn Leadership, Lead for Development

Baybay City, Leyte – Leadership is a skill one can learn. It is the same as learning any other skill there is. Hence, ATI RTC 8 believes that its partners in extension delivery should be constantly capacitated on leadership and management. With the training Learn and Lead: Enhancing Leadership and Management Skills, municipal and provincial agriculturists were exposed to the importance of enhancing skills in leadership and management to improve organizational productivity.

Resource Persons Mr. Rolando Jhay Gaspar Jr. and Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo handled discussion and relevant activities for participants to identify strategies to help cultivate Personal Effectiveness, explain the Concepts of Change Management and determine tools that enhance Resource Management Skills.

For Ms. Nanneth Aquiatan, MA-LGU-Liloan, she shared, “In this training, I learned a lot. On personal effectiveness, we learned how to be effective especially in the delivery of services. I also learned how to manage stress as we are stressed as heads of the offices. On resource management, we learned that even with small resources, there is a way to maximize it. I will not forget the quote shared by Dr. Bacusmo: “Be humble. If you’re not humble, try to be humble. If you cannot be humble, pretend that you’re humble”.

Mr. Franklyn Diongzon, the new MA, LGU Dulag, he said, “ATI is a family to me because of my connections with the organic agriculture program. I'm always grateful to ATI for the trainings especially this leadership training. As I have observed with my fellow colleagues, the speaker on the first topic even though he's young, he imparted knowledge to us, whether we accept it or not, we learned a lot from him. Most of his knowledge shared, we can carry out in our duties and responsibilities. For Dr. Bacusmo's topic, what I liked is that as a leader, one must be approachable and do activities to be with your constituents.”

On the first day, the participants learned the overall concept of Personal Effectiveness through interactive activities that relate to Time Management, Communication, and Stress Management. The participants were able to realize that the activities and topics are relevant based on their experience as department head of their respective offices. Moreover, on the second day, they also agreed with Dr. Jose L. Bacusmo's topic "Change Management" in terms of fellow workers resisting the changes within the organization. This is also applicable to the changing of the Local Chief Executives from time to time.

Twenty-seven (27) participants attended the training held on Aug. 21-23, 2019, ATI RTC 8, VSU, Baybay City, Leyte.