Leadership and particularly student leadership is an incredibly significant role within our campus community. Giving students a voice is an important aspect in the successful functioning of our campus and the broacher community.
So what makes a good campus leader?
Is it somebody who is popular?
Is it who has the loudest voice in a group?
Is it somebody who sits back quietly, evaluates the situation and then gives an opinion, even if it is different from the group opinion?
Or is it a combination of factors that make each leader unique?
There are times when you need some inspiration to uplift and motivate you. Out of years of experience training students and leading professional development for student school leaders, everybody has leadership capability. But one thing is common in leadership that is effective and that is that the person who is demonstrating leadership is always making conscious decisions that are reflective of the people they are representing or the situation that they are in a positive and supportive way.
Jack Welch, former GE chairman, describes leadership this way.
‘Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.’
One name comes to mind when I read that quote. Ian Kiernan AO. If you can’t place his name, he was an ordinary guy that had a vision. Ian's vision created ‘Clean Up Australia’, the nation's largest community mobilisation effort which is now firmly embedded in Australian and global culture. Sadly, Ian passed away last week.
Words and action through appropriate behaviour, like Ian’s Kiernan are powerful. They inspire us, launch us into action, and they drive us to create the changes we want to see in the world.
Chris Hadfield, US astronaut and former Commander of the International space shuttle have this view on leadership.
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”
The Westport Campus leaders that were inducted now have the opportunity to develop their skills and to represent the campus community in a way that will reflect on us all in a way that will allow us to shine.
Thank you to Ms Simpson and her team for their support of a process that allows students to form an active part of the Westport Campus leadership team.
Congratulations to the Westport Campus Student Leadership Team:
- Braden Clarke -Captain
- Jennifer Cooper - Captain
- Tegan McCauley - Vice Captain
- Charlotte Salt - Vice Captain
- Destiny Thomson - Vice Captain
- Jacob Wheadon
- Caitlin Axelby
- Georgia Hamilton
- Liam Halmi
- Travis Chandley-Pascoe
- Adam Wall
- Amy de Haan
- Imogene Salt
- Aimee Couell
- Teoni Nelson