Mana Moana – A humbling Pacific Leadership experience

I have heard many times that “in order to know where you are going, you must first know where you have been.” Learning more about indigenous leadership and the journey of my ancestors reignited in myself the value of my inheritance and acknowledging the boldness of those whom have come before me.

As a leader in my field, I am a firm believer and role model of carrying my authentic self to work every day. I have a purpose and I am pushed daily to sharpen my capability and capability to become better. The world is only as complex as we want it to be at times and having self-awareness and firm identity in today’s world 5is important to me. My eight-month Mana Moana experience was full of many valuable experiences and learnings that have helped me grow and develop in ways I could not have imagined. With the overarching theme being ‘Daring Leadership,’ a concept that will stay with me forever is that ‘Leaders are Healers’.

Building relationships with the rest of the Mana Moana group and the facilitators, who are now family, reinforced to me that leadership is not a journey that one can take alone. The power in vulnerability and the importance of fostering trusting relationships are timeless principles of leadership that are still of the utmost value today. We can together create positive impacts and influence change by being bold and not shying away to ask the hard questions in a way that promotes inclusiveness for all.

I would like to thank TupuToa for this opportunity and I will be forever grateful to have been a part of this year’s Mana Moana experience. It has been challenging, equipping and refreshing. The most exciting part for me is that it is only the beginning.

“I now know where I am going because I know who I am” a son of Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa.

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