Fernando and Samir, a married couple, use their leadership skills in church and at work.
When Fernando Cazales joined the Latino Leadership Program two years ago, he appreciated learning about leadership concepts and practicing them in the program. At the time, Fernando was secretary of a prayer group at his church, and he began applying the concepts he learned in the leadership program at his church. “It was incredible because I was taking the classes and I was using the skills,” he says.
With his new knowledge, Fernando took on greater leadership responsibility in his church when the pastor asked him to lead his own prayer group. Just recently, Fernando hosted an event at his church attended by more than 100 people.
Fernando found the program so useful that he signed up again, and he persuaded his wife, Samir Roldan, to join the program, too. Samir enjoyed learning about different temperaments, which helps her communicate better at her job in a restaurant. “I like it a lot,” Samir says, with her husband translating from Spanish into English. “It really helped me with relationships with my coworkers.”
Fernando thinks it’s particularly important for members of the Latino community who have less formal education to learn that they are leaders. “Many in the Latino community didn’t finish high school,” he says. “We think that leadership is for professionals.”