They weren't a select few from academia, they weren't necessarily on a mission to save the world or indeed themselves. Most had been sent by their parents. Some were shy, some ambitious, some had a dream they wanted to fulfil, but many were unsure about the future or what they wanted from it.
The Alpha Leadership Bootcamp is the brainchild of author, trainer and coach Andy Szekely, a Romanian whose thinking stems from a background of NLP, Transactional Analysis and Experiential Learning. It explores the impact of connecting clear vision with positive intention, genuine passion with personal mastery. Simply put, the Bootcamp floods light onto the qualities that make a leader great.
Alignment forms an essential part of the equation. It's one of those tricky terms to define as it has so many connotations for the individual as well as a team. The aspect that I'm passionate about is the mind/body connection – those grounded moments of mental, physical and emotional integration when you really know what you want (as opposed to what you think you want). Then, success without struggle becomes possible as thoughts, feelings and actions line up with the vision and goal you're aiming for.
Of course, beliefs and values play an important role in leadership too. The invitation to participants was to explore their own unique set. Are they really helpful? What could be more useful?
This was like rain falling on fertile ground and, over the week, I saw new shoots of creativity, self-confidence, purpose, focus, determination and genuine love, compassion and support emerging on all sides.
With so much conversation, inspiration and energy in one small rural space, my experience in Romania was like getting a shot of adrenaline. It reminded me just how much the people I spend time with matter.
It also emphasised the fact that I never want to stop growing and learning - and that the only way to do this is with an open heart and mind. And maybe a translator.