The 10 proud student leaders enjoyed a festive investiture filled with eis and Aitutaki pride. Aged between 15 and 17, the students made it clear they were looking forward to learning how to lead.
In her speech, Araura College school principal Tracy Spiers shared the following lessons about the skills involved in leadership
“Being a leader is not an easy task, people expect a lot from you and look up to you, so for some, leadership can be a struggle. But I do believe that being in a leadership position is a great opportunity for you to experience. Throughout your leadership experience you will develop among other things, your self-confidence, your communication skills, your ability to motivate others and your listening skills.
“You will have to make decisions and sometimes these will not be easy decisions to make, but if you follow your instinct and carefully think things through, then your job will be easier.”
Spiers noted that many people are leaders, but not every one of them is a good leader. She then listed the attributes she believed made a good leader,
“A good leader is trustworthy, if you are honest, people will trust you and your actions. A good leader is assertive – they are not afraid to speak up. A good leader is positive and approachable they also have a have a sense of humour.
“A good leader is enthusiastic and committed to helping others. A good leader is both flexible, adaptable and is ready for change; and finally, a good leader is courageous.”
Spiers finished her speech with some advice.
“To become a good leader you must stay honest, be assertive, positive and approachable, work hard, respect others and treat everybody how you would like to be treated. And above all, be the type of leader that you would like to follow.”
Building leadership skills is one of the key goals for education and a protective factor in promoting positive life outcomes. Every school administered by the Education ministry chooses student leaders or prefects to be good role models for other students. The ministry congratulates all the student leaders for 2017. - SO/Release