A School For Tomorrow

The Pathway to Excellence

Leading is about answering the question: “How can I best serve others?” Leading well begins with who we are, flows into who we want to become and is demonstrated through deliberate, targeted, and intentional action that aligns vision with intention and means to direct, motivate, influence, and inspire others to achieve willingly a preferred future for us all. Leading, therefore, is about the challenge of service that helps us to locate “Our Practice” within courage and compassion and to meet the expectation to "Go on a journey from me to you to us". 

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Our service is how we give of ourselves to others. It comes from our desire to connect with, support, and help others to succeed on The Pathway To Excellence. It goes beyond the simple exchange of self-interest and transactions. We become motivated to transform the lives of others through the habit of kindness, the instinct to serve, and the will to give. It is our tangible actions that shows how “us” transcends “me”...

FORMAL LEADERSHIP

Leadership is about the art of directing, motivating, influencing, and inspiring people so that they work together willingly to achieve the goals of the team or the broader organisation. Often, we will show leadership qualities by supporting the formal leadership of others and by doing what we do as well as we can as a service for others. Most of us, however, will be presented with opportunities to exhibit leadership from the front in our lives in formal positions infused with authority to take action and make decisions to build the future for the benefit of others...

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership development is the process by which we gain increasing competency in leadership. This learning can be exercised in a number of different formal and informal contexts and is best executed through a deliberate, targeted and intentional fashion; accidental leadership is a poor primary means of acquiring competency for those who are serious about taking responsibility for their community. Accepting the call to leadership is a commitment to a lifetime of studying how best to create teams that achieve better outcomes for all...

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Service to family

Family is complicated. There is so much of essential value that the experience of family at so many levels gives to so many of us, even if it is a necessarily imperfect experience. Most of our popular culture deals with how families are built and work together (or not). For all of the flaws, the quarrels and the variability in the contributions of different members, the shared history of family is the foundation for learning, living, leading and working...

FORMAL LEADERSHIP

Formal Leadership in a Work Context

When we are employed to do a job, we must make sure that we do the job that is expected of it and us. This is the starting point for any leadership role in an organisation. While the expectations may change over time as circumstances change, the original brief for our role has a powerful effect on how people will see our leadership and its success. Whatever else we bring to the role and however else it is adapted to the way in which the organisation develops, we must be clear about what people expect of us and then make sure we do this...

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Development Program

Our role as leaders is essential. The organisations, communities and contexts we will be a part of in our lives will depend on our work. Our leadership needs to impact positively on the lives of others, increase the efficacy of everything we are involved in, and contribute to bringing people together under a shared vision and purpose. This is a role for which one day we will be responsible, and one we need to commit to mastering now...

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Service in Friendship Groups

Our friends represent a significant portion of our support network. They are the people who we can turn to in our darkest moments - we lean on their shoulder to stop us from falling. They fill our days with joy, laughter and memories. They fill our lives with kindness, respect and love. Our service towards them is an essential component of how we lead...

FORMAL LEADERSHIP

Formal Leadership in an Educational Context

Formal leadership in our educational context is about putting ourselves in positions where we can take up formal leadership positions within our school or other institution. It is a process of bringing what we learn about leadership back to the learning environment we engage in every day. Our service and role as a leader in the classroom is to create a collaborative learning environment that supports the work of our peers, our teachers, and ourselves...

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Development Progress

We need to sit down regularly and review our progress and goals in order to reshape, rewrite, and redesign our leadership development program. We need to be honest about the efficacy of our efforts. We need to be willing and able to modify all aspects of our program. All of this means that when we invest time and focus into our leadership growth, our purpose is clear, our practice is the best it can be, and our process is constantly being refined as we go...

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Service in Social Activities and Clubs

The communities to which we belong allow us to engage in activities that are enjoyable and important for our development. It then follows that our service to them, and what we do to support their existence, change, and growth, is the least we can do in return for our position within them and all the wonderful experiences we’ve had as a result. Serving our clubs and social communities is a privilege because it allows us to reciprocate in kind for what others have given to us...

FORMAL LEADERSHIP

Formal Leadership in a Community Context

Leadership within our community begins with our own development. Understanding the most effective ways to impact certain people’s lives and practising the ways we do it is the hard work that takes place before we understand what it means to be a leader. We cannot action leadership before we know what it means, or how to do it. This is done through undergoing training and building our competency to lead by taking opportunities for both volunteering and formal leadership development opportunities...

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Disposition Towards Leadership

Leadership is the capacity to direct, motivate, influence, and inspire people to bring about willingly a shared intention. It is actualised through deliberate, targeted, and intentional action that aligns vision with this intention and the actions that arise from it. Our leadership should begin with who we are as a person, flow into who we want to become, and be demonstrated through our actions in service of others. It is exercised in relationship with those around us and our environment...

SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Service in Sport, the arts and other activities

Teams and the pastimes we share with others often form the basis of the communities to which we belong. These communities are places that require all members to actively support, and to feel actively supported by the team. To this end, our teammates and peers in our hobbies are people we should actively care for and support. As always, our leadership and service extends to building a culture...

FORMAL LEADERSHIP

Formal Leadership Planning and Reflection

It is challenging in our lives to set and realise plans because there is so much about what we have to do that simply falls out of our control. Try as we might to impose a pattern or an order on things and it seems that opportunities and circumstances can change the course of events just when we think we are getting on top of things. Nonetheless, if we are going to make a positive difference through our service as leaders...

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Leadership Grades and Qualifications

Locating your development as leaders within a practical approach to their leadership qualifications – how you place what you are learning and achieving in your leadership development program within the context of what you will need to maximise your choices later in your life. After all, if we are going to lead, shouldn’t we apply to the field of leadership the same rigour that we would apply to any other field of human endeavour?...