Tamil Students’ Association: A New Perspective on Leadership

Tamil Students’ Association: A New Perspective on Leadership

WRITTEN BY: Cynthia Selvanathan, TSA Awareness Coordinator ’15-16

The Tamil Students’ Association (TSA) at the University of Toronto aims to welcome and bring together Tamils and Non-Tamils within the university to celebrate and learn about the Tamil culture and identity through a multitude of social, cultural, athletic and awareness events. As a team, we strive to provide an open environment for students to come together to learn about and celebrate the Tamil culture.

Prior to joining TSA, I was afraid of the idea of leadership. It was always a presumption that leadership meant dictating tasks to others. I did not think that I was capable of being in charge of a group of individuals. However, the Tamil Students’ Association has taught me that leadership is not much of a dictatorship but more of a democracy. At TSA, all decisions and events are made collaboratively. An inclusive environment is embraced, where all opinions and ideas are equally and collectively considered. By working with a fantastic group of executives and representatives, I realized that leadership is more about working with the team rather than working alone. Leadership is about utilizing the unique skills of each individual to promote and achieve a common goal. It is about encouraging each and every member to perform their best, while directing them in the right way. Last but not least, it is about working together to create and achieve an inspiring vision.

TSA has allowed me to embrace and learn about the idea of leadership in a comfortable and friendly environment. It has given me a new perspective on what it means to be a good leader. I would definitely recommend everyone to take part in a leadership opportunity on campus. I never thought I would find myself in an executive position, but it is a decision I do not regret one bit.

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