Lead like never before…

Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his home town yesterday.  The accolades and deeply profound love for this man continues to make headlines throughout the whole world.  As I reflect on the life of this one man, and his impact on our world, I am resolved to continue the challenge of creating true leaders in all students.  There are two of the many sayings of Nelson Mandela that will remain with me.  He said:  “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” and “Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.”
Education is the key to changing our world.  Students who become leaders do so by learning how to lead and making decisions that are based on learned skills.  Here at St. Charles, we believe that students can learn the skills of leadership which they will be able to take with them for the rest of their lives.  Education is a ‘whole person thing’!  It is not just learning numbers or letters.  It is not just memorization or rote.  It is about being proactive, open, understanding, collaborative, engaged, ethical and entrepreneurial.  To be a leader does not mean you need to be front and centre, holding the microphone.  The power of leadership comes with a quiet confidence that encourages you to use your skills and knowledge in a way that improves the lives of others.  Sometimes the simplest action such as ‘looking someone in the eye’ is all that is necessary to convince another that something is important and worth while.  Much of Mandela’s life was about calling our world to change.  Our desire is that every single child can respond to that call for change.  With their hearts, their energy and their skills, even the youngest in our world can lead like never before…