Reflecting on the Leadership Workshop from the 2nd Youth Career Forum

“Dream high, but be realistic; you can always change your direction,” said Ms. Inhye Kim, who opened the “Leadership in Different Stages” workshop at the 2nd KASC Youth Career Forum. Ms. Kim, along with Mr. Joon Ko and Mr. Kiwook Kim from leadership consulting firm Russell Reynolds Associates, presented a workshop that explored the skill sets needed as one moves up the career ladder in an increasingly global environment.

Mr. Ko followed Ms. Kim by giving a brief discussion of Russell Reynolds Associates, discussing the four levels of one’s career—workforce (from now to 5 years of experience), manager (6 to 10 years), director (12 to 16 years), and executive (20+ years)—and how the missions and key success factors change as one gains more working experience.

As the audience was comprised primarily of undergraduate students, the panelists knew how to give practical advice. “When you choose your first career, you must consider several factors: will I gain valuable experience? Will I be given opportunities to improve my skill set and confidence? Will I be challenged?”

Mr. Ko followed with his take on leadership components, with a particular focus on leadership competency: result orientation, collaboration and influence, people management, commercial acumen, and strategic perspective. Having the perspective of a headhunter and someone who has had years of interviewing experience was very valuable. “I believe this workshop was useful,” said KASC American Delegate Tiffany Xiong. “The panelists were realistic and honest. They kept reminding us that we had time to develop our own skills because we are young and still have a lot to learn.”

The workshop flowed into the final portion—the Q&A—as I asked the panelists how and where one learns to manage people. Other audience members had additional questions as well regarding recruitment, job interviews, personalities of great leaders, and women in leadership.

Overall, although I have attended many leadership workshops prior to the Youth Career Forum, I found “Leadership in Different Stages” to be very informative and refreshing. It was an honest and experienced perspective on skills needed to succeed in one’s career and I enjoyed every moment of the workshop.

Special thanks to Executive Committee members, Justin Simon and Jeong-bin Lee; KASC Program Manager Minjun Chen; and sponsors, Gale International and Conexia, for a great and successful 2nd KASC Youth Career Forum.

– By Christina Bui, the 7th KASC American Delegation

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