The Election process and Coaching Leaders to be Professional

 

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If we want to engage the entire senior grade then it can only be done through professionally well prepared peers. Furthermore they must ‘surprise them’ with their professionalism and their show of strength as a team. I am an advocate of the principle, that before we announce the titles of school captains, vice-captains etc, we work the elected student leadership body as a team, and we inspire them to plan their entire leadership term. Part of their planning is to identify worthwhile ‘Leadership Projects’ that will attract the participation of their peers. These they select from the ‘Leadership Initiatives’ drawn up by their peers when they were completing their ‘Leadership Diploma’ !
TIMEFRAME
PROGRAMME
Mid Term 3
Election of Student Leadership Team, but only Leadership Diploma Graduates may apply. (Names of School Captains or Leadership Positions are withheld for one month.)
Late Term 3 and if necessary into Sept /Oct School Holidays
Coaching of Student Leadership Team without School Captains or Leadership Titles allocated. The purpose is to create a ‘leadership family’ before we create a Leadership Hierarchy. To create that feeling of responsibility to each other.
SESSION ONE :
· How to lead, engage your peers and avoid doing it all yourself.
· Managing stress and coping with the pressures of Year 12
· The art of impromptu speaking. Never getting caught out with nothing to say.
· The superb ‘vote of thanks’ !
· How to plan an inspiring 10 minute presentation in just 20 minutes !
· How to chair meetings ?
SESSION TWO :
· Why venue set up and where committee members sit is crucial !
· Why consensus is almost ‘dead’ ?
· Leadership that listens, suggest possibilities and creates momentum.
· Reading thru and selecting best potential projects offered by peer group as final act of their Leadership Diploma
· Creating the Leadership Booklet of draft projects to be presented to their peers at ‘Senior Leadership Launch’.
· Selecting three leadership themes for your grade to consider.
· Your Leadership song ? Selecting three leadership songs for your grade to consider.