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Student Leadership. By: Rhys Andrews. Why a Focus on Student Leadership?. Tomorrows leaders will be you We can help prepare you for leadership challenges We develop shared learning about leadership. Critical Elements of Student Leadership Development. Partnerships between staff and students

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Student leadership

Student Leadership

By: Rhys Andrews

Why a focus on student leadership
Why a Focus on Student Leadership?

  • Tomorrows leaders will be you

  • We can help prepare you for leadership challenges

  • We develop shared learning about leadership

Critical elements of student leadership development
Critical Elements of Student Leadership Development

  • Partnerships between staff and students

  • Provide you with decision making power and responsibility for consequences

  • Provide a broader context for learning and service

  • Recognize your experiences, knowledge and skills

A long definition of leadership by kouze and pozner 1995

10 Things to Think About

Search out challenging opportunities

Experiment, take risks, and learn

Envision an uplifting future

Enlist others in a common vision

Foster collaboration

Strengthen people by giving power away

Set an example; develop shared values

Achieve small wins; consistent progress

Recognize individual contributions

Celebrate team accomplishments

Leaders are at their best when they:

“challenge the process, inspire a shared vision, enable others to act, model the way, and encourage the heart”

A Long Definition of LeadershipBy: Kouze and Pozner (1995)

An outline for student leadership
An Outline for Student Leadership

1. Leadership from Within

Leadership through Service

4. Leadership for the Future

2. Leadership with Others

3. Leadership in the Community

Leadership from within
Leadership from Within

Develop Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes in:

  • Classical and contemporary leadership

  • Personal awareness

  • Communication skills

  • A personal definition of leadership

Leadership with others
Leadership With Others

Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in:

  • Authentic leadership

  • Balancing “being” and “doing”

  • Working successfully in teams

  • Conflict resolution

Leadership in the community
Leadership in the Community

Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in:

  • Community values

  • A personal definition of community leadership

  • A community leader skill set

  • Appreciative inquiry

Leadership for the future
Leadership for the Future

Develop knowledge, skills and attitudes in:

  • Local, regional and global issues

  • Personal interests and values around issues

  • Collaborating and building consensus

Self awareness
Self Awareness

  • We have perceptions

  • We make sense of our perceptions

  • We see what we believe and what we want to believe

  • We make up negative stories more often

  • We attribute error to others

  • We project (what we see outside of us is what is inside of us)

  • We have mental models

How to defeat perceptions and sense making
How to Defeat Perceptions and Sense Making?

4 skills to defeat these two norms of human behavior:

  • Self awareness – know mental maps, etc.

  • Descriptiveness – know own experience and how to describe it to others (be discerning)

  • Curiosity – ask questions and listen

  • Appreciation – be positive and appreciate others

Window on the world
Window on the world

What does your window on the world look like?

  • your assumptions

  • your beliefs

  • your attitudes

  • your values

Open talking and listening we need to do both
Open Talking and Listeningwe need to do both

  • Talking openly – willing to expose to others what is inside us

  • Listening openly – willing to expose ourselves to something new from others

  • Doing both opens new realities

Open talking

Tell a personal experience about leadership to a friend.

Listen intently to the story and paraphrase.

When somebody speaks personally, passionately, and from the heart, the conversation deepens.

Speak up and speak in the here and now – think, feel, sense, want, and do.

Open Talking

Open listening
Open Listening

  • Remember the root of not listening is knowing if I already “know” the truth, why do I need to listen?

  • How do you feel when you are listened to?

  • What do you learn when you listen to others?

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Authentic leadership
Authentic Leadership

  • Behavior

  • Practices

  • Skills

  • Self

    • Framing

      • Character

        • Alignment

  • Doing Being

    Moving from inauthentic to authentic
    Moving from Inauthentic to Authentic

    • What feels right

    • Sharing my truth in the moment

    • Self fulfilling – we are authentic to authentic people

    • Be true to your values

    • My barriers do not have to be there


    Trust as belief in someone versus obligation best time is now.

    The goal – an equal partnership

    Why is trust important to you?

    How do you know when someone trusts you?

    If I believe you are capable we are in this together

    If I expect you to take some action it requires dependency


    Why team

    Team supports a set of values ( listening, community, feedback, dialogue)

    Shared responsibility

    Process and results


    Open communication


    Team is recognized

    Try out ideas

    Conform to team standards

    Preparation for future

    Better problem solving

    Why Team?

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    Disablers of Teamwork Triangle feedback, dialogue)

    Avoid Accountability

    Lack of Commitment

    Fear of Conflict

    Absence of Trust

    Inattention to Results

    Appropriate assertiveness
    Appropriate Assertiveness feedback, dialogue)

    • Using “I” statements to be clear

    • State your case without arousing the defenses of the other person