156 attend online forum on leadership

A total of 156 participants attended an online leadership forum on Saturday organised by the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Brunei and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS).

The event was part of the YPN’s ‘Leadership Circle’ that acts as a platform to convene thought leaders, individuals in leadership roles, and those in managerial positions across the board to collectively discuss insights, frustrations and best practices in leadership.

The initiative welcomes thought leaders, individuals in leadership roles, and youth keen to develop stronger leadership skills through a constructive virtual discussion.

The mentor of the ‘Managing Up’ session was Administrative Officer, Grade 1 at the Minister’s Office MCYS Faiq Rani.

The session explored the elements to foster effective communication, collaboration, cooperation, partnership and understanding between people and leaders at different levels of authority, diversity in perspectives and skills.

Screen capture of participants in an online forum on leadership hosted by Young Professionals Network (YPN) Brunei. PHOTO: YPN BRUNEI

It also aimed at developing and maintaining a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship with superiors; to build a win-win situation of productivity and a positive working environment; and to get more comfortable managing conflict.

The session saw discussions ranging from being in a leadership role to following a leader.

The participants raised a number of questions about ways to motivate; ways to manage conflicts and dilemmas as a leader; and ways to effectively raise issues to a leader.

Discussions on managing conflicting values and beliefs between leaders and followers, managing intergenerational gaps in communication between leaders and followers, leader’s role in breaking glass ceiling to empower women; and ways to support niche industries such as sports, also took place.

“The Young Professionals Network is a community platform that aims to promote and empower our young people through networking, dialogue, mentorship and advocacy.

“We aspire to always challenge our young people to be courageous to participate and come forward to lead development and through the Leadership Circle, we want to support our youth to equip themselves to build the right mindset and skills by understanding the responsibilities of leadership,” said YPN Brunei co-founder Fatin Arifin.