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All about me: Taking stock

All about me: Taking stock

The audio version of Module 1 of the online Leading Change course for Queen's Young Leaders

Welcome to the first module of the Leading Change course for Queen's Young Leaders from the University of Cambridge.

What made you the person you are today? What are your core values and beliefs? Where do they come from and how do they compare to those of others you know? In this module you will be asked to reflect on your life. The module is split over three weeks, and includes tasks and a final assignment to complete.

Week 1

Week 1 asks you to think about why you are here and what you need to communicate in your communications. With explanations on how to start with why – and tips on storytelling and refining your mission statement – it looks at how ideas spread and people are connected.

Photo credit: Geralt on Pixabay

Start with why by Simon Sinek

Why are some people and organisations more successful than others? And why do some leaders command greater loyalty? Simon Sinek looks at what it means to have a purpose.

Simon Sinek at Ted 2014, Vancouver Convention Center. Photo credit: James Duncan Davidson

Week 2 – Nature or nurture?

Are you the person you are because of things you inherited from your parents, or because of the place you grew up? Are you shaped by your genes, or by your environment? In this section we’ll take a look at the people and places that helped you become the person you are today.

A strand of DNA. Photo credit: Public Domain Pictures on Pixabay

Labours of love by Richard Sennett

It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a skilled carpenter or musician, but does it take to truly master a craft? Richard Sennett explains the difference between being competent and fully engaging in what you're doing.

Jamdani weavers in Bangladesh. Photo credit: Kamrul.vb

Week 3 – Convincing others to follow you

How do you present a convincing argument to others and persuade them to follow your leadership? This week looks at the art of rhetoric, the art of asking and how to build your credibility.

Rajagopal speaking to 25,000 people, in Janadesh, 2007. Photo credit: Ekta Parishad

The art of asking by Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer tells how her experience as a performer touring America and Europe, taught her how to ask for what she needed and turn strangers into friends.

Amanda Palmer performing with The Dresden Dolls at Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, New Zealand, September 2006. Photo credit: Mark van der Werff

What volunteering taught me by Hajira Khan

Looking at the huge difference between the lives of the wealthy and those of the poor, Hajira Khan talks about why she volunteers – and why it gives her so much satisfaction to make a difference.

Hajira Khan. Photo credit: Comic Relief

The violence in our thinking by Whitney Iles

Whitney Iles works in the UK prison system and is fascinated by violence. She shares her own theory on violence - how it's all around us and how we are all responsible for violence through unhealthy thinking patterns.

Television coverage of the London Riots in 2011. Photo credit: Stuart Bannocks

Child soldiers to Ebola fighters by PJ Cole

PJ Cole talks about what life was like for child soldiers during the war in Sierra Leone and describes how his father, Richard Cole, had a vision for them. This vision empowered Richard Cole to make minor miracles happen and it's legacy empowered PJ and the child soldiers to fight Ebola.

PJ Cole during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, 2015. Photo credit: Philemon Kamara, Lifeline Nehemiah Projects

Final assignment

More details on what to do for your final assignment. The recommended activities are designed to help you reflect on you and what you are doing and why.


Download Module 1 of the Leading Change course