PSC Leadership: Roundtable

Tuesday 14 November 2017

On the 2nd of November, some members of the PSC team held the second Leadership: Roundtable event of the academic year. The focus of this was a moving debate, an activity that encourages students’ critical thinking while developing communication skills and conflict resolution.

How does a moving debate work?

  • Two signs labelled ‘Agree’ and ‘Disagree’ are placed on opposite sides of the room.
  • Students are asked to stand in the middle of the room.
  • A statement is called out; if students agree, they move to the agree sign. If students disagree with the statement, they move towards the disagree sign. If they are unsure, they remain in the middle.
  • By explaining their opinions, students can persuade those standing at the opposite side to change their mind.
  • If others are convinced by the speaker, they may move.

Here is how students responded to our statements:

  1. A leader should be able to lead with examples.
    • Agree (75%): A good leader should be able to show examples of what is the right way to do the tasks before asking others to do them.
    • Neutral (25%): This depends on the type of leaderships that a leader is in charged of; there are some organisations whose leaders and members are very individualistic.
  2. A leader should have better verbal skills than written skills.
    • Agree (50%): Being a leader is like being the face of the public, so it is important to be able to speak.
    • Disagree (50%): Both skills should be equal. In order for someone to be a leader, there has to be a process where someone is at least at a lower position that requires them to have a written skill such as writing e-mails, and reports.
  3. A good leader has the loudest voice.
    • Disagree (100%): A member of the teams may have a stronger opinion but he/she may not be able to lead the team well.
  4. A team is only as strong as its weakest member.
    • Disagree (75%): Every person has their own strengths and weaknesses, so members of a team can combine their strengths.
    • Neutral (25%): This depends on the circumstances. If there is a stronger member who can compensate for a weaker member, the overall performance of team will be better than its weakest member.
  5. A good leader always takes responsibility for the success or failure of the team.
    • Agree (75%): The success or failure of the team depends largely on the leaders.
    • Neutral (25%): Each member of the team also needs to communicate well so the leader is not the only one responsible for the success/failure of the overall team.
  6. Passion and dedication are the top qualities to be a leader.
    • Agree (50%): Good attributes that a leader should have, such as good communication skills, stem from their passion and dedication.
    • Disagree (25%): A leader should also have a vision and innovation.
    • Neutral (25%): Passion and dedication are not the only top qualities. A leader also needs self-discipline, intelligence, and knowledge.
  7. Leadership is a talent given from born and cannot be taught
    • Agree (75%): Although character can be shaped and formed through good education, there are some skills that are innate.
    • Disagree (25%): The skills to have a good leadership can be acquired throughout your life. Past experiences are able to develop someone to be a better leader. Role models also shape the behaviour of individual to be a good leader.


As you can see, there is not only one opinion of what it means to be a good leader. What do you think makes a good leader?

Our next PSC Leadership: Roundtable event will take place on the 27th November from 7-8.30pm in the Hebdomadar’s Room, St Salvator’s Quad. Feel free to come along!

Further information about workshops can be found here!

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