Tamás Fodor

How open and inclusive can a participant group from various backgrounds be with each other? A participant in Budapest found out...

Tamás Fodor

Tamás Fodor is the head of Rákóczi Kert Civil and Community Centre. He participated in a Common Purpose course in Budapest in 2008 and was immediately struck by how open and inclusive a diverse group of people from various backgrounds can be with each other.

He says that the course has had a profound impact on him as leader, that he learnt about new areas and issues that he wasn't even aware previously. He also believes that his leadership skills and attitude have been strengthened, which helps him initiate change with even more courage and passion than before, and that he can drive it through with more consistency.

Tomas says that Common Purpose has inspired in him several new ideas where he can take the lead and has led him to realise some earlier ideas that he had given up on. He credits the conversations with fellow participants and contributors of the course with this.

He is in touch with other participants and also with alumni, and keeps in touch with contributors to the course too. He has also started to use his professional and broader network more efficiently, he is not afraid to approach others with ideas as he knows that a win-win situation could arise even if it is not obvious at first glance.

He feels that all leaders will benefit from participating in a Common Purpose course. He is convinced that the professional spheres we usually move in limit the development of our leadership skills and styles and the Common Purpose can provide a leap in one's thinking.