Leadership training and mentoring to support senior students to become outstanding school leaders.
Students nominated into leadership roles have proven that they have the ability to provide positive leadership for their peers. However, students in these roles often find it difficult to understand how to be a peer leader and how to work with the teaching community in a school to effectively perform in the role they have been chosen for. Another challenge they face is working with the other school leaders in similar roles. Most often the students are highly motivated and passionate about their opportunity to contribute.
Get an Edge
Get an Edge starts with a one or two day training course that can be delivered either in school or at our venue, based at Unitec’s Mount Albert campus. During this programme students gain a better understanding of themselves, their role and what this opportunity means to them.
This is an experiential course based on building relationships within the group through team building, problem-solving and trust activities. Students will participate in teams as well as individually, experiencing personal challenge and being supported on a challenge course.
Elements of the Course
- Building a strong team
- Effective communication
- Giving and receiving feedback
- Building trust
- Personal challenge
- Recognising the value and limitations of our comfort zones
During the course we also address the following questions that they will face as a school leader.
Why have I been chosen for this?
- Connecting how others see them with how they see themselves
What does this opportunity mean for me now?
- Identifying who they see themselves as in relation to this role
What does it mean to be a school leader?
- Their role in the context of the wider school community
- The opportunity to positively influence others
- The opportunity to work with a highly motivated team
What does it mean to be a leader?
- Understanding influence
- Introduction to situational leadership model
What challenges am I going to face?
- Relationships with peers
- Working with teaching staff
- Motivation and effectiveness
- What is that about me that is going to prevent my learning and growth as a leader?
- The importance of facing challenges and how we respond to challenges
- The reticular activating system
- The matter of inference and being buried in perception
How can we be the best school leaders this school has seen?
- Making a joint commitment
- Next action steps
- Identifying at least one actionable step each person can take to improve themselves as a leader
Mentoring is provided by one of the facilitators who meet with those taking the training programme. The facilitator will come to the school and spend approximately one hour per term with the group of student leaders.
This provides students an opportunity to:
- Understand their role
- Establish future intention
- Identify obstacles and strategies to resolve issues
- Reflect on their experience
Please contact us for more information about how we can customise a workshop to meet your team or group’s unique needs.