What Makes a Good Leader?

Photojournalist(s) of the Day: Bryan González Solano (Costa Rica) and Daverlin Fernández (Venezuela)

Bryan: The focus of today was leadership. We participated in two interactive workshops where we learned about different leadership styles and how to be a positive leader. Also, we had the opportunity to share ideas regarding what can we do as young leaders in our homelands to solve problems and how can we express our own type of leadership based on our individual traits and characteristics. My favorite part of the day (very funny by the way) was when we did some roleplaying to represent different kinds leadership --there were some dramatic performances! 

Finally, I think the most important thing I learned today was to assume my role as a youth leader. Instead of pretending or try to imitate famous or not famous leaders, I should not be afraid of being the person I really am because everyone has something valuable to say.

Daverlin: Today was another wonderful day here on the Sports Visitor Program in Boston. We had the opportunity to meet with Teen Empowerment where Ms. Ly gave us a lot of really important information through a leadership workshop. We learned about ourselves as individual leaders and how we can make positive change in our home communities. After lunch, we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Nichols at Boston University. Her workshop was focused on our leadership styles within a team and I really loved the way that she lead the discussion. I really liked understanding the importance of our personality traits (like mine is in the "Influence" category) because we can get better understand ourselves and the styles of everyone around us including our family, soccer team, classmates, etc.

My favorite part of the day was when we visited Boston University. It felt amazing to be there because I'm in my last year of high school and it was like having that feeling of a college student that I would like to be next year!

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The Sports Visitor Program entitled, "Youth Soccer and ESL", brings 20 participants from Costa Rica, Haiti, Panama, and Venezuela to the U.S. for a fast-paced short-term sports cultural exchange.