‘Leaders and Learners inspiring Leaders and Learners’
in October, ICS IB Diploma students travelled to Stonar School in Bath to participate in the NACE Student Leadership Event 2018.
Students from 10 European NACE schools were selected to take part in the 3-day workshop which aimed to develop and encourage team building and leadership skills.
Inspired by the outstanding professionals leading the programme, students discussed the art of team work, leadership styles, leadership qualities (“are leaders born or made?”) and participated in public speaking, debating and team building activities.
“The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.”
Kenneth H. Blanchard
Lieutenant Colonel David (Head of Physics, Stonar) shared his perspective and experiences of leading large groups of men and woman. He suggested that leadership (attributed to Dwight D. Eisenhower) could be defined as -
‘the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because they want to do it, and not because of your position of power that could compel them to do it’.
He talked about nine different leadership styles and led a discussion that deconstructed each and identified their strengths and weaknesses.
Mr Jaime, Head of English and Drama at Stonar, delivered a workshop, ’Speak up for Success’ which unpacked the art and science of successful public speaking. Sharing the work of Clark Kegley, Jaime outlined seven powerful tips that confident speakers should weave into their presentations. Many practical tips were shared, which included embracing your nerves, thinking about the audience (‘what’s in it for them’?), to backing up your arguments.
“The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”
Dr Katy Hamilton, a successful public orator and presenter as well as Stonar Alumni, was present to judge the workshop public speaking event. Each student was required to deliver a persuasive speech for two and a half minutes relating to a topic selected and then manage questions from the audience regarding the strength of their argument.
A number of contentious topics were selected for the students, which included ‘men make better leaders than women’, ‘pineapple on pizzas is the best topping’ and ‘global warming is a fiction’.
Students applied techniques they had learnt the day before, and argued their cases coherently. Dr. Hamilton commented the quality of the oratory was superb given that for many of the students, English is a second language. Speaking about the event, Katy noted -
“We live in an age where it is more imperative than ever that we really can prove, rigorously and unemotionally, why one point of view is right and another wrong, even about issues we might think are completely . . . obvious, like climate change. After my day at Stonar on Friday, I left feeling considerably more optimistic that there are some great young thinkers and speakers in the world who will be able to stand up to nonsense arguments. So I’d like to thank them for that – and encourage others to take them as an example of why fighting your corner so effectively is something we all need to make sure we can do, as clearly and calmly as possible.”
Finally, the students participated in a number of team building activities including rock climbing, abseiling, skittles, a scavenger hunt and the famous ‘helium stick’ and ‘planks’ activities. These emphasised the importance of verbal and non-verbal communication skills, problem solving plus the power of collaboration.
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”
Thank you Stonar, particularly Ms Charlotte, for organising such a powerful student leadership event and congratulations to all student participants. You truly were an inspiration.
ICS Head of School
Rose attended the NACE Leadership event in October 2018