An outbound Experiential Learning Camp organised for students of TKWs Institute of Banking & Finance
7th March 2017 B.C.
King Sarman of Mohen Jo Daro has announced a contest, and the winner shall be the leader of the largest city of the Indus Valley Civilisation!
The Harappan tribals are building shelters while the Lothals are busy making rescue stretchers to transport casualties.
On the other side, the warriors of Chanu Daro are brewing natural energy potions to feed their army. The ferocious Kshatriya warriors of Amri are zealously making rafts to cross the Sindhu river.
The air is tense with expectation, and you can almost smell the lust to win…..
This is not a sequel to the recent Bollywood bonanza, Mohen Jo Daro, but a simulated scene at the annual leadership camp organised by TKWs Institute of Banking & Finance in collaboration with Rocksport.
This 3-day camp is a life transforming experience that every student of TKWsIBF must attend during the second term of his/her curriculum. The location this year was Camp Mountain Quail situated at a reserve forest ahead of Mussoorie.
A natural stream of water that flows through the camp was divided into village sites for each student group. The groups represented different clans from the Indus Valley Civilisation. Each clan had a flag and a war cry of its own.
The clans had to perform various adventure activities like river-fording, rappelling, trekking, rock climbing, etc. to earn Mudras. There was an army-style code of conduct to be strictly followed; non-compliance led to severe penalties for the entire clan. It was a case of all for one and one for all.
For each activity, the clans were required to choose a leader from amongst themselves. In the 3 days of the camp, everyone got a chance to try his/her leadership style.
During the day, clans would compete aggressively with each other, but in the evening everyone would sing together and socialise at the bonfire.
In the true style of TKWs Experiential Learning Techniques, the camp was followed by thorough debriefing sessions. The students were encouraged to reflect on their performance and analyse their leadership decisions.
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One of the students from PGDBF program confessed, “Initially I was not sure about what I was supposed to do as a leader.”
Another student explained the challenge he faced saying, “One person in our clan would never do whatever we asked her to do.”
While describing how their leadership style evolved during the camp, an undergraduate student explained, “When we lost our hard earned Mudras for coming late, our clan came together to discuss everyone’s individual problems. After that, everyone started performing as a team and being punctual.”
Students learnt some invaluable experiences like the need to establish a communication protocol within teams, and the importance of negotiating with team members to make them more cooperative and amenable to working together in harmony.
Mr. Sachin Vaid of TKWsIBF Academics, who was escorting the students said, “I found that I was participating myself, and got a first-hand perspective of leadership! A leader must lead by setting examples for others to follow.”
The most important learning for students was that leadership is not a designation but an attitude. They discovered how to lead and help people in achieving their true potential.
In the end, every student went home a Leader with the commitment
of bringing positive change in the world.