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AN ALUMNI REMEMBERS HOW SURO SHAPED HIM

An Alumni remembers how SURO shaped him

By: Stefan Tasic

 

Leadership

AN ALUMNI REMEMBERS HOW SURO SHAPED HIM

What do I think when saying “Step Up Reach Out (SURO)?” First of all, it is a chance. A chance to do something right for yourself and your community.

When now, a few years later, I look back at my involvement in the SURO program, I understood that it was a great experience for me. The first huge advantage of this program is that it allows you to acquire skills of a great importance for both professional and everyday life, which are not easily reachable in another way. Learning about stakeholders in the haemophilia community, communication with them, working on developing your own project and many other aspects of the program – all of these activities are of paramount importance for the individuals who were lucky to be a part of this small family. Each of us in that group brought some advantages in comparison to others which came to the expression within those few days of work and that exchange of knowledge and skills was mutually beneficial. These processes were supported through great mentors who guided the program. It was one big step forward to further work within my community.

Connecting with blood brothers from other parts of the World I found as one of the tipping point in my life. Working and cooperating with other people with different background but the same challenges enables a wider perspective on the world. Something that is not easily achieved by just working within one community. I got the chance to meet people from many different countries, some of them are much ahead from Serbia, with much better health standards, while some others were coming from the lower rankings. SURO allows you to connect to a global haemophilia community which provides you to see and learn how other people live and face their problems by learning about their experiences – both positive and negative one. After participating you come back to your country with a richer and global mindset.

Last but not least, there is an informal side to the SURO program, which deserves to be mentioned. Through SURO I gained many new friendships. With some of the participants, I am in very close contact and those friendships will remain forever.

Every person has certain events that he or she remembers, which mean a lot to them. For me, Step Up Reach Out is one of those memories.

 

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HOW TO BECOME A LEADER IN THE BLEEDING DISORDER COMMUNITY

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HOW TO BECOME A LEADER IN THE BLEEDING DISORDER COMMUNITY

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By: Frankly Team

 

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HOW TO BECOME A LEADER IN THE BLEEDING DISORDER COMMUNITY

It is possible that during your experience as a member of the bleeding disorder community you have seen other members in leadership roles. Perhaps you have seen that they were in a similar position as you and decided to step up and do more. Maybe you’ve already had an experience leading or supporting your community, but did you know that anybody can be a leader and make a change?

Standing in front of ‘Ready’ text on the road

What leadership involves

Some people believe that people are born with leadership qualities, while others believe that it is possible to learn to be a leader. They are not necessarily wrong and maybe some people have the leadership in their blood while others just learn it from experience. Anyway there have been different examples of both cases throughout history, and independently of how they became leaders they all shared similar capabilities. They were able to motivate and direct other people; they took responsibility of a team and took initiatives to achieve a common goal. Even if they failed, they always kept a positive attitude and kept motivating others to keep working on their goals.

How to become a leader

There is not a list of rules to follow in order to become a leader, but there are some actions you can take to develop your competencies, get experience and be a strong leader. Optimism and enthusiasm are key elements a leader should have. A leader is in charge of maintaining the motivation of the team even when the group is faced with challenges. Additionally, a leader should not be afraid of innovating and presenting new ideas, going beyond what is expected from him/her and taking on increased responsibility. Finally, leaders are always learning from their own experience and from team members.

What kind of leader can you be?

According to the University of Kent in the UK, there are five kinds of leadership styles:

  • An authoritarian who usually has a lot of control and power and tells others what to do without asking first.
  • A procedural leader is task-orientated and asks the team to follow procedures focusing on getting the job done.
  • A transformational leader is more charismatic and has medium power, is inspiring and is good at persuading and delegating.
  • A participative leader acts democratically and always builds consensus before making decisions.
  • A “laissez-faire” kind of leader lets the team make the decisions but still takes responsibility of these, participates as a normal member and usually has low power within the teams.

Additionally, programs such as SURO and AFFIRM offer you the tools to improve your leadership skills and learn from an invaluable experience that will make it easier to get a role in your community.

 

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BELIEVING IN OURSELVES

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BELIEVING IN OURSELVES

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By: Gustavo Francisco Pérez Blanco

 

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BELIEVING IN OURSELVES

About the importance of the confidence in Leadership

The whole room is in silence; it has been raining for half an hour, but raindrops start falling harder. Through the window we start seeing the imposing mountains in Bogotá get covered by clouds. Nervously, he tries to explain for a second time the medical situation in his country through the photos he´s showing. He takes a moment, breathes deeply, gives a look to every curious pair of eyes in the room, and continues talking.

It´s one of the first times he´s talking in public, but this time, all of us are carefully listening.

It’s all about trying over and over again

Leadership is essential in the constant search for a better-quality life. Knowing how to ask for help, requesting a budget that´s gonna help others, or demanding an integral medical treatment wouldn’t be possible without trusting in us and in believing in helping others like us. “There´s a big reason why we´re in this room, learning and thinking how to help back in each of our countries,” says an inspired, young leader from a Caribbean country. “We just need to believe in ourselves.”

Even leaving aside our pain or fear, it´s hard to believe in ourselves. We know better than anyone our failures, weaknesses and ignorance about some things. But we just need to learn about mistakes and be open to adding knowledge. The new leaders just need the guidance to improve abilities, tools and knowledge to start having confidence in us.

Believing in our effort

Six months later, the sun is bright and through the window we see a peaceful ocean. This time, he starts talking with total confidence about the important project he´s showing. He had a clear objective, did the right things to achieve it and reach the goal desired. Ending the presentation, he has a big smile of victory and satisfaction, but mostly of the certainty that he´s gonna do big things and help a lot of people.

“He” is every SURO assistant, who back home with tons of developed abilities and confidence, is taking with themselves a big hope for the future of the blood disorders community.

 

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