As a school leader, I am always thinking about leadership and the impact of leaders on others and how we encourage our students to be leaders, not just to stand in front of one another but how they inspire others to make a difference. At Regents, we see leadership on all levels whether it was a teacher who took that extra time to supervise and guide your child in an area they are passionate about, or a student offering support or direction to another to help them get to that next stage. These small acts of kindness we see every day at Regents show that leadership is at all levels. We spend time thinking how can we make a real difference and what impact will that have on the world around us.
Recently, two of our students travelled to New York to visit the United Nations and see how some of the great leaders around the world set about to maintain worldwide peace, develop relations among other nations, and work together to find solutions to the world’s economic, humanitarian and social problems. These two students came back more inspired to make a difference to the world but also have seen first hand how complex these situations can be.
This has shown them that leadership is also about being able to listen, collaborate, to have a sense of purpose and time to reflect on the actions they take and how this will impact the lives of others. This is core to our school principles through the Round Square Spirit of Leadership, and through the IB learner profile which focuses on Leadership, we teach these skills from the moment they walk into the school to the moment they leave.
It is essential as ‘we’ grow our leaders, whether they are leaders of the world or within their own community, that we have taught them that leadership isn’t just about authority and power, but it is about inspiring others to do the right thing, to provide opportunities for each other to grow and develop and to be truly selfless if real change is to occur.