As September is the month in which we celebrate Education Day, a group of pupils from McAuley Catholic High School Student Leadership Team share their understanding of leadership with service.
Leadership is not only how you deal with problems but how you rise to them; sometimes the final decision might not be what you envisaged at the beginning. As long as you try your hardest and don’t give up, it doesn’t matter how it turns out as long as you gave it your best and are proud of what you have done.
In most schools nearly all students find it hard to find positions of leadership due to them thinking leadership means being dominant, controlling and in power. Whereas, leadership is actually about the action of leading a group of people, so therefore to become a leader all you need is the courage to try to be the person people trust and go to. Consequently, everyone has the values to take up a role of leadership but may just lack the courage and determination. However, if you desire to take up leadership and have enough people around you to support and encourage you, you will find the power to try and hopefully succeed in your pursuit to leadership.
Leadership to us is not just ‘leading’ but being servants to McAuley. Serving everyone in the community to the best of our abilities is one of the main objectives as Student Leaders. One thing we have learnt is that compromise doesn’t mean that our ideas don’t work or are no good – it means that the ideas have been adapted to try to suit as many people as possible.
Our place in the school and how we work using the ethos of McAuley centres around being the best version of ourselves and that is what we want for McAuley. The best possible version of McAuley in its simplest form is an amazing working environment which supports our community in its every need.
When we first launched the Student Leadership Team this year, we were dealing with a blank canvas. Mr Rooney (Headteacher) challenged us to serve the school with our God-given gifts of generosity and humility, but how we went about that was up to us.
In assemblies, we considered what it means to be a servant leader, to ensure that whatever work we set about doing during our tenure as Student Leaders was guided by principles. We prayed the following prayer from the Orlando Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in America.
A Leader’s Prayer
Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
We strongly believe that this is the way forward for McAuley. It is our expression of our love for the school and our commitment to maintaining and strengthening its uniqueness.
The community spirit at McAuley is so strong because everyone is valued and everyone has a voice; leadership is about reaching out to that voice and carrying it.
Samuel, Georgette and Ashley