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7 Questions with Leander Kock-Akerman

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7 Questions with Leander Kock-Akerman

Name: Leander Kock-Akerman

Current title: Co-founder and Teacher

Current organisation: CFCI BC@The Vaal

I am a co-founder of CFCI BC@The Vaal, which has successfully been operating since 2014. The purpose of the Bible College (BC) is to equip the saints for their ministry. The BC is a word Kachin, ministry-based BC that assists students how to apply, practically, i.e. in terms of ministry, the principles taught at the BC. I am also a practising attorney and founder/director of a legal practice, as well as a director of a company that focuses on empowerment to the youth.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

During this covid period, more especially, motivating students especially where learning needs to take place virtually, is very challenging. Especially where face-to-face and in-person contact is important (and is a strength of the institution).

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

For me, an up-to-date diary is of key importance. And waking up quietly and going to bed the same way, irrespective of the noise during the day, is very important.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

If you don't take care of yourself, your body, your health, non one else will - and there will be no you to lead others. Balance is essential, because burnout is real!

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Mitch Albom's "Tuesday's with Morrie." Not necessarily a go-to leadership book, but the principles therein are life changing.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Honour them! Don't just tell them you care and appreciate them. Show them. A little goes a long way.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

No double-standards. Treating everyone the same from the cleaner to the principal. Maintaining one's integrity - is key!

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

Just when you are doing that which God has called you to do, and like the 1 leper who returned to thank Jesus after 10 were cured, when just then 1 student gives a testimony of how their life had changed as a result of what you have done ... no amount of money can pay for that joy (nor for oneself but for the student).