McEwen Leadership comes alive in Algonquin

Grade 11 Business Studies students in the McEwen Leadership Program recently completed a two-day leadership workshop at Camp Arowhon, Algonquin Park. Facilitated by ALIVE Outdoors, the workshop was designed with a focus on experiential education and project based learning.

Students participated in a variety of collaborative challenges, personal reflections, and guest speaker sessions to develop their leadership, communication, and group dynamics skills, all while exploring the answer to the driving question – “As a leader, what is your role in ensuring effective teamwork within your organization?” 

Activities included:

· Collaborative team-building exercises
· Personal leadership style analysis
· High and low ropes courses
· Communication bridge building challenge
· Hiking and mindfulness training
· Entrepreneurship guest speaker – Jalynn Bosley, Founder and Director, ALIVE Outdoors
· Group dynamics guest speaker – Dr. Ryan Howard
And, of course….
· The Polar Bear Dip! Congratulations to the students for 100% participation!

The students gathered many meaningful lessons from their authentic experiences.

 “I’ve realized that you will run into many different opportunities in life that will require some style of leadership. And as much as you might not like it, sometimes you have to be willing to be a great follower” says Alexander Smith ’19.

Upon returning to the classroom, the students will apply the lessons learned from the workshop to their ongoing project related to the various elements of group dynamics – teamwork, synergy, norms, cohesiveness, and communication. Please don't hesitate to ask them about their experiences!

Story by: Sean Ludwig
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