Last week, as part of a culminating project for the eighth graders involving research, writing, art and public speaking,...
In the Classroom
One recent Monday morning at Assembly, Charleston Day School’s new Student Council representatives were announced. To reinforce what the Student Council members will do this year, lead, Head of School Judith Foley Arnstein took the opportunity to share her own thoughts on what it means to be a leader.
The students we just recognized chose to exercise their leadership through participating in Student Council, but anyone can be a leader. In fact, the mission of our School – to foster scholarship, integrity, respect and responsibility in our students – is a blueprint for encouraging leadership. So, what is leadership? It is all around you and shows up in many ways. Leadership is…
- Doing the right thing without being asked or when no one is watching (also known as integrity)
- Helping others in need
- Being kind and compassionate
- Setting a good example for others
- Standing up for others even when it may be the hard thing to do
- Recognizing the contributions of the people around you
Leadership is one of the most important skills you can learn. Yes, I just said that you can learn to be a leader. Good leaders are:
- Good listeners
- Strong communicators
- Lifelong learners
- In control of themselves
Leaders come in all shapes and sizes – they can be quiet, outspoken, young or old. The great thing about being at CDS is that you each have the opportunity to practice leadership every single day: in the classroom, in the halls, during sports and everywhere in between. I encourage you to think about how you can lead and to practice your leadership skills each day.
~ Judith Foley Arnstein