Melbourne Tourism Industry Leadership Program - Dec 11, 2014

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams.

MTILP has been a whirlwind journey of emotional intelligence, inner strengthening of personal development, resolutions, positive techniques and techniques training us to be leaders.

Tasks throughout the development of the course gave me an insight into the human mind and an appreciation of the little things in life. After each session my brain was exploding from an incredible amount of learnings and thoughts, which revolved around organisation, goal setting, positive thinking, values and team work.

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Learning how each and every human mind is different and the fact that my emotions triggered by something or someone will most likely be a totally different perspective in another person’s brain were intriguing. Questions of ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘how’ am I feeling a particular way were never usually answered in my head. I can now comprehend and pinpoint exactly which emotion I am feeling.  

MTILP has made me realise how lucky I am to have the particular people in my life, work opportunities and the ability to enjoy every moment life has to offer.

Meeting other members of the program has given me an outstanding respect for them and passion for the tourism industry. Opportunities are endless if I set my goals and ambitions for the future and track them.

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Not only did MTILP bring oodles of knowledge but Mel Neil, our trainer taught us to enjoy the little things. For example, have you ever taken the time to eat a Lindt Chocolate in order to thoroughly enjoy it? Without our senses, what do we have?! Our appreciation is missed when enjoying the smallest things which life has to offer us. Mel took us through phases of eating a Lindt Chocolate (sounds funny, doesn’t it) – Firstly feel it – what does it feel like?, then open it (listen to the crunching noise that the wrapper makes), smell the chocolate (does it smell like the taste?), then put it in your mouth and either bite into it or let it melt. A few minutes later we had finished and could then describe the senses which we normally oversee when we devour treats such as this.  

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My expectations of a leader have changed entirely since the program. I’ve developed respect for leaders in my life and now know the qualities which I will aspire to in order to be a fantastic leader.

The program is designed to help with personal and professional qualities and I would recommend the all companies enrol their staff in taking part.

A huge thanks to Mel Neil, Destination Melbourne and Global Ballooning Australia for supporting and providing me with this amazing opportunity. Looking forward to continuing my MTILP inspired journey by putting everything into practice. Here’s to a long life filled with happiness, laughter, love and success!

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by Kate Esposto

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