The Kisumu National Polytechnic Student’s Association last week underwent training on leadership at the St John’s Manor Hotel in Kisumu under the auspices of the institution’s administration led by The Dean Lucy Khoja. All department heads also participated in the workshop, a move that was aimed at sharpening their leadership skills within the divisions they run.

The two-day training that took place on August 3rd and 4th involved six sessions with various instructors including Dr Okumu Bigambo of Moi University who  covered communication skills, Bishop Daniel Aoyi who spoke on leadership and integrity, Peter Abuto who discussed HIV/Aids control and prevention among others. “How you speak and present yourself before your stakeholders determines whether they will get and accept your message and if you’ll succeed in leading them through various initiatives. Communication therefore involves what you say, how you say it and how you look while saying it,” said Dr Bigambo in his discussions regarding messaging. Bishop Aoyi reminded the student leaders and department heads present that hard work and talent may elevate a person into leadership but it is integrity that will keep him/her in that position.

Others who addressed the gathering included the new deputy principal Mr. Lomolo and principal Joyce Nyanjom. “This workshop has been a great value addition exercise and everyone is leaving with something new that they have learned. I urge you all to share and implement the knowledge acquired during the training to improve your performance in your respective roles,” Mr. Lomolo said.

The annual workshop that usually takes place after the KINAPOSA elections aims at improving the skills of all leaders within the institution to enable them serve their stakeholders effectively and efficiently. “This event has been a success. It was well organized and attended and I’m proud of all the participants who took their time to be here. Every time I attend, I learn something new that touches me at a personal level,” said Ms Khoja.

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