In the context of today’s knowledge society, the memorisation of facts and procedures by students is not enough for their success...
Anglican EdComm launched the Aspiring Leaders Network in August 2017. We were pleased to have Emeritus Professor Patrick Duignan deliver the keynote address entitled Leading with Influence: The Power of Presence, Positive Relationships and Collective Responsibility.
Given the current debate over the legitimacy of ideas in Australian society with the impending marriage-equality postal vote, and questions being raised about the right of opposing voices to be heard, this 20 minute video by Malcom Gladwell provides a helpful way for everyone, but especially leaders, to consider their actions, words and role, and to ask how they can cultivate their presence in such a way that people will listen and obey.
Maxwell (2005) states that, " the true measure of leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less". It is not uncommon for a teacher to identify the ‘leaders’ among a cohort of students by looking to see which students have influence amongst their peers or to notice the climate of a class change when one student with influence is absent. Sometimes, however, it is less obvious where the real influence is in a school community because it may not always reside with positional authority.