By Mary

I wanted to come to the ANLP for leadership development, but I didn’t really know how it would be structured and what to expect apart from what I read and heard from the alumni, so I came with an open mind.
So far, I have been challenged physically and mentally at individual level and while working in a team. From climbing the high ropes on one day, to hosting the day as part of the lion team, storytelling and giving my presentation, all on another day. I have even written a blog, something I probably would not think of doing. I have made new friends and precious memories while doing new things that were outside my comfort zone. I have also received feedback in a safe space, as part of the process.
Michael Jackson sang: ‘I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to make the change. And no message could’ve been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change…’. Hearing these words and looking at what I have experienced at the ANLP, I’m more aware that change begins with me. Going forward, I must be more intentional with my thoughts, actions and communication. In addition, I need to regularly reflect as I continue to lead from where I stand.
While reflecting on top on the hill overlooking the Vaal river, I counted my ANLP experience as a blessing that came at just the right time. I can try and explain what it’s been like to be here, but I feel that words and pictures cannot fully describe it. The ANLP is more than a workshop or program, it’s an experience worth living.