Student Leadership Framework
The Student Leadership Framework provides leadership education, training and development to cultivate personal leadership in all students.
The Student Leadership Framework is grounded upon the School Values. The progression is from understanding self to developing competencies in relating to others. It will lead to preparing the student to work towards a larger vision.
The extent of leadership development is subjected to variation. The school recognises not all students are expected to perform at the same level of impact and influence. However, the philosophy remains that all students are leaders.
The Framework is set up to equip the students with the knowledge and provide opportunities where they get to apply their learning and in the process, refine their leadership competencies.
In their time with the school, each student will undergo eight leadership modules that are progressive in nature. As students participate in the modules, they acquire a greater understanding of themselves and their abilities as well as the skills and attributes of leaders. After each module, its key messages are reinforced during Pastoral Care periods where application of the learning can be further explored.
|Module 1||Foundation of Leadership|
|Module 2||Establishing Core Values|
|Module 3||Establishing Group Goals|
|Module 4||Resolving Conflict|
|Module 5||Choices and Contribution|
|Module 6||Motivating Other|
|Module 7||Identifying Opportunities|
|Module 8||Leaving a Legacy|
Opportunities are made available for students to assume leadership roles in various settings – within class, in CCA or in service projects. The competencies required in planning and implementing the activities will vary in terms of depth. Relevant training programmes are put in place to suit the various needs.
The Leadership Challenge
Students earmarked to take on higher level of leadership roles (i.e. prefects, CCA Leaders) will undergo The Leadership Challenge programme. It involves teaching the students a set of practices (or skills) that James Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the acclaimed book, The Leadership Challenge, refer to as the “five practices of exemplary leadership" and corresponding ten commitments.
The “Leadership Challenge" model is based on empirical research, and it is easy to understand and internalize. There is an assessment instrument, The Leadership Practices Inventory (student version), thus facilitating a process of assessment and programme planning to teach students the relevant practices.
Table 1. Practices Highlighted in The Leadership Challenge
|Model the Way
||1. Find your voice by clarifying your personal values.
2. Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.
|Inspire a Shared Vision||3. Envision the future by imagining exciting and enabl ing possibilities.
4. En list others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations .
|Challenge the Process
||5. Search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow and improve.
6. Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes.
|Enable Others to Act
7. Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust.
8. Strengthen others by sharing power and discretion.
|Encourage the Heart||
9. Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence.
10. Celebrate the values and victories by creating a spirit of community.
Outward Bound Singapore Leadership Training Camp
Key student leaders (i.e. CCA Leaders and Prefect EXCO) are to attend a 5D4N OBS Camp. The Camp allows students to undergo experiential learning via land/sea expeditions. Throughout the camp, students are given opportunities to lead peers (fellow student leaders) in accomplishing various tasks.
Leadership Development (Platform)
Leadership development is ongoing and there are various platforms where students get to hone their leadership competencies.