13 April 2020

PEV People: Leadership

Sophie Borgas

“It doesn’t matter if you think you’re not a “born leader” or your shy or anxious or not that confident. The only thing that matters is if you want it enough to push through those barriers and be the person you want to be.”

Role: Team Leader

Countries operated in: Timor Leste

Projects operated on: Everest Recycling Solutions, and Fuel Sustainability Consulting

Experience in 3 wordsTransformational, Challenging, Invaluable

What has been your greatest highlight?
The greatest highlight has been seeing people grow. Not only as a leader and seeing your trekkers in country challenge themselves and grow but seeing everyone in PEV grow. Both of my times in country I have seen trekkers, leaders and even senior leaders change and become more confident leaders. Each month in country offers an opportunity to better yourself and watching everyone become their best selves is incredibly inspiring and addictive.

What did you learn most from your PEV experience?
The biggest thing and probably the most important thing I’ve learnt is to have a why. With a why you can overcome almost any how. When things get tough having a purpose and a goal that you want to strive towards will keep you going. Having a why allows you to overcome challenges that you don’t think you are capable of. Instead of living by fake it until you make it, having a why helps you fake it until you become it. Waking up everyday and serving a cause that is bigger than yourself like your project or your team makes the hard times a little bit more bearable and the good times so much more rewarding.

Also
You can do anything you set your mind to. The only thing stopping you from achieving anything in life is yourself. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re not a “born leader” or your shy or anxious or not that confident. The only thing that matters is if you want it enough to push through those barriers and be the person you want to be.

What 3 pieces of advice would you give future Team Leaders?
1. Know your why
This is something that is drilled into you from trekking but that’s because its crucial. Having a goal or something bigger to serve helps you get through it. TLT will be incredibly challenging and there will be moments you will want to give up but having a why will help push you through.

2. You will mess up
Whether it’s in TLT or maybe even in country, you will make mistakes and you may not go about a situation the best way possible but that’s okay. Its only human to make mistakes but use those mistakes as lessons and do your best to learn from them so you can become the best leader you can be. Leadership is a journey which will have many ups and downs but all you can do is your best and get back up again when you fall.

3. You’re not alone
PEV is such a big beautiful community and everyone here wants you to succeed and become your best self so if you are anxious or stressed about leading or training just reach out. There is so much experience amongst all the PEV alumni so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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