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Aspiring Leaders Summit

Posted on 14 October 2021

Churchie's Year 9 Aspiring Leaders Summit was held for the second year in a row in The Centenary Library last Friday.

One hundred students from Churchie and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School completed a day of workshops unpacking the major themes of leadership including emotional intelligence (EI), wellbeing, resilience, decision-making and teamwork, facilitated by workshop presenters Stuart Waddington, Rhys Ibbott, Nick Marshal and Alison Lalieu.

The summit follows a six-month Aspiring Leaders’ coursework programme facilitated for all Year 9 students by their housemasters during Pastoral Learning lessons. 

Below are the key takeaways students gained from the summit:

  • Stuart taught us about managing volatility and uncertainty, and how to manage large projects by working cooperatively and breaking the task down into smaller chunks.
  • Alison showed me that EI is a better predictor than IQ at leadership success. Good leaders can recognise their own emotions, and the emotional state of those around them better. You can really use that to your advantage as a leader to get the most out of your team.
  • What Nick really got across was the three 3’s: care, connection and communication. He talked about the importance of contributing to something you feel strongly about.
  • Mindfulness with Rhys allowed me to feel calm and focused in my mind. I’m going to try and make time to do that more often in my everyday life.