August 23, 2015

Method

Each person has what it takes to be something great. Momentum Leadership helps young women to unlock the potential that lies within them. It creates the environment for each participant to discover her capacity and gives her the tools to become her personal best.

We are committed to the development of leaders who aspire to have a deep, positive and lasting impact on people, firms and society; to inspire leaders to work with a spirit of service and integrity

Believing that the workplace is above all communities of people who work better in an atmosphere of trust, Momentum Leadership's mission is articulated in the programme's content and carried-out by young professional volunteers involved who lead by example.

We emphasise the following points in all the key components of the programme:

  • - Perseverance and passion for long-term goals 
  • - Commitment to the common good of society 
  • - Growth Mindset
  • - Teamwork

Perseverance and Passion for Long-term Goals

Alot of research has been done, particularly by world renowned Angela Duckworth, on the positive outcomes of perseverance. Her book titled Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long Term Goals is a best seller and for a reason. No matter what success means to the individual, studies actually show that those who exhibit more "grit" and persistence have a better chance of reaching milestones and exceeding personal goals. Grit, like many other competencies, is something that can be developed with practice.

It is especially important in this programme where we help each participant set goals and be involved in the social outreach hours to acquire the skills necessary for "grit". In the mentoring, we help each participant discover in what she would like to be better. This could range from practicing piano to cleaning her bedroom. They need to be tangible measurable goals. Every month, she follows up with her mentoring to see how she is doing in a particular goal she has set for herself and she is helped forge in perseverance and overcome obstacles when difficulties arise to achieve this goal

Resources that inspire us

Angela Duckworth's Work

Other resources 

Commitment to the Common Good of Society

Leadership is sometimes misunderstood as my way of getting to the top. However, we want to undo this misconception and understand the essence of leadership. A true leader is one that brings out the best in others, not someone that sacrifices other's interests for the sake of their own. Society needs leaders in any sphere of life. It's not simply being the CEO of a company or president of another, but being a catalyst for the good in every circumstance. It is exercising my qualities and good will and generosity for the good of others, in the here and now, in where I am: whether I am a student in university or whether I am just starting off in my career. We all can be leaders in our environment. 

In Momentum Leadership we want to inspire each participant to discover those possibilities of engaging in their present circumstances and exercising their ability to be of genuine service to others. 

Resources that inspire us

William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is a learned ability to respond to difficulties and setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth.

Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.

In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success—without effort. They’re wrong.

In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities.

Teaching a growth mindset creates motivation and productivity in the worlds of business, education, and sports. It enhances relationships.

In Momentum we do not simply speak about these ideas, but the three steps of the programme help each girl to practice them and thereby make them part of herself. The Leader Lab helps to inspire and encourage to put in practice those small ways you can be a better leader in your own environment and the social outreach hour helps her visualise how her ability and skills can truly make an impact on an individual's life. 

Resources that inspire us

Dr Carol Dweck's Work

Other resources

Teamwork

None of the habits and mindsets we strive to foster can develop in isolation. By definition, leaders are part of a group - the people they contribute to and learn from as well. Through the group components of the program we seek to awaken in the girls an eagerness for creating vibrant relationships with their peers: relationships where the focus is on challenging and encouraging one another to learn and to grow. We believe teamwork is much more than a polite ability to get along. It is a deep human need. In fact much of our well-being depends on our ability to connect with others effectively, to welcome their feedback, and to put ourselves to the side as we engage in a common, worthwhile goal. It’s encouraging to discover that this ability is not genetically determined, nor does not “magically arise”. It is an art, and therefore it can be learned and perfected.

Cooperation,” Daniel Coyle writes, “does not simply descend out of the blue. It is a group muscle that is built according to a specific pattern of repeated interaction, and that pattern is always the same: a circle of people engaged in the risky, occasionally painful, ultimately rewarding process of being vulnerable together." This vulnerability is nothing more than a willingness to learn with others and from others who share the same goals. Through our activities - and the direct feedback of mentoring - we try to exercise this “group muscle”, strengthening each girl in the process. For this reason, we give importance not only to the girl’s attendance at the speaker series and mentoring sessions, but also in the group working of service and other activities that arise during the year.

Resources that inspire us