“A great leader creates more leaders and does not reduce the institution to a single person.” - H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Learning to lead is essential even if a person does not want to be a leader. Some people are born leaders, whereas others acquire the ability to lead through practice and dedication. For someone to be a successful leader, it requires the ability to mentor, being a mentor requires responsibility and commitment toward one's mentee as well as devoting the necessary time and being consistent with the mentee. It requires the willingness to share their own failures and successes as a way of encouraging the mentee's sharing. The Mentor/Mentee program is an ADIA scholarship established a program where an upperclassmen student gets assigned to an incoming freshman. The purpose of this program is to create and build a big brother relationship between mentors and mentees to increase transparency between students through sharing their feelings as well as concerns with other students who have been down the same road. I had the amazing opportunity of being a mentor for Zayed Eissa Al-Nahyan. He was an incoming freshman at American University in Washington, D.C. I would check up on him regularly whether by calling or texting him, offering advice about any dilemmas or difficulties he would be facing, and ask about his experience so far being a first-year college student. It has been indeed a great experience for the second time being able to help a fellow student and talking to him about his problems, opportunities, and experiences. This program got to improve and better myself in various ways. I got to learn and practice leadership skills, one to one basic communications skills, and the practice of listening. I would certainly do it over again and would recommend it to everyone who wants to bring out the leader in them.