What does a good student leader look like?

Of course I don’t want to know what you actually look like!

but rather what a leader looks like on the inside, what qualities and characteristics does a young leader have?

We have reached the time in our school year when we turn some of our attention towards the election of school leaders for 2011. All year we have focused on qualities that are important to develop in ourselves; notably, respect, responsibility, resilience and strong relationships. Today we participated in leadership day. We came to school in mufti, we participated in some fun team building exercises, we thought about the Biblical idea of ‘servant leadership’ and we discussed what makes a good leader.  Our principal challenged us to look at the leadership demonstrated by Aung San Suu Kyi.

We learned that leaders need to ‘Speak Up’, ‘Plan Ahead’, ‘Take Responsibility’ and get involved in ‘Teamwork’. Much of what we did today comes from the Student Leadership program from Michael Grose and Sue McAdam
Our day has raised many questions…
What did you learn today?
What do you think makes a good leader?
What is the culture of our school and what sort of student leadership is needed?
How will you cope with the disappointment if you are not chosen?
If you are elected, how would like to be remembered?
Who are your role models?
Have you discovered areas in yourself that you can work on?
We would love to hear some responses both from inside our school and also from outside.
Can you tell us what happens in your school?

Photo by Stephen Brookes used with permission