iServi News | 31 July 2020 | Term 3, Week 2
Character Strength Spotlight: Leadership
This week our character strength spotlight is on Leadership. Next week our Year 11 students will be participating in a Leadership Forum, and both our Year 10 and Year 11 students will be focusing on subject selections for next year. Both these events require our students to show leadership in their learning, and their growth.
Provided by Cat Lamb, a consultant with the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong.
Leadership is a character strength which sits with other strengths of Justice, along with Teamwork and Fairness. These strengths are about interactions between the individual and a group or community, and are the strengths that make life fair.
Some suggested Leadership activities:
- Try a problem-solving activity, like word games or fun maths puzzles – a good leader is flexible and good at solving problems.
- Could your young people think about and describe what they could do to be a leader at home, or what are things they can do to help other people succeed?
- Identify which of their other strengths they are using when they are being an effective leader, or when they feel like being a leader is fulfilling?
- What about describing what they are responsible for in their household, and how they act when they feel they are being relied on to achieve something?
- Enable students to consider and discuss what your (Parent / Guardian ) leadership style is like at home, or at work? Does one feel more fulfilling to you than the other?
Three things to try:
Book – Start with Why, Simon Sinek
Movie – Invictus (2009)
Book – How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge, Clay Scroggins
The Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar has produced a 24-part mini-podcast series on Character Strengths. Each episode explores one of the character strengths in order to recognise, utilise and celebrate it in our daily lives. To listen to the Leadership podcast, click here.
Mrs Franca Coutts
Vice Principal – Community