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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, Mar. 8) - Several non government organisation (NGOs) have been conducting leadership workshops throughout the country since the middle of last year.

The National Council of Women, Literacy Association of Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands Development Trust, SIDT, and other NGOs have been conducting the workshop called the Restorative Justice Workshops.

Advisor to SIDT, Doctor John Roughan says the workshop focuses on a new kind of leadership which has to take root first among the ordinary people in the village and town and then work itself up to the national level.

Roughan says there is a need for a new type of leadership because Solomon Islands leaders over the past 25 years have failed to strengthen the nation.

He adds that few of them shared a vision for the future and they had no dreams for the nation fit for all people and for the whole nation.

Roughan says the NGOs since the middle of last year, police personnel, village Big Men in different provinces, church personnel and leaders in the NGO sector have been participating in the new kind of training.

He explains that one of the main lessons accented by this kind of training has been the personal qualities of a sound and good leader, including how a leader should attentively listen.

Roughan says it's not merely a matter of the leader keeping quiet but actively trying to hear what the other person is trying to say.

The Restorative Justice course asks leaders at all levels of society to practice the leadership qualities first of all within their own family, then within the community.

March 10, 2003

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