The Leadership Diploma

At the beginning of Year 11 (or last two terms of Year 10), every student has the opportunity to earn a ‘Leadership Diploma’, which is awarded only to those students who accumulate 100 leadership points in the two term timeframe. Points are accumulated through participation in a variety of activities that meet the criteria of an authentic leadership experience with some activities worth 5 points and others more.

There are two essential tasks for which the student accumulates points …

1. To identify and construct a ‘Leadership Initiative’ that the student believes the school and the student leadership body should address.

2. Attend Bernie Kelly’s ‘Leadership for Life’ Programme at which everyone will learn that they are a leader, whose ‘actions can make the world they touch a better place’ and the notion that they ‘owe the school a term of service’.

Why ‘The Leadership Diploma’ ? senior-school-leadership001

Schools are notorious for selection processes that often result in student leaders who are ‘nice, good role models and do the right thing’, but who don’t necessarily prove to be ‘best leaders’. The Leadership Diploma demands that you cannot apply for a leadership role without first completing the diploma, which means we are now selecting students who have proven capabilities to create change.
Secondly, given the compulsive nature of the ‘Leadership Diploma’, stats show that 85 % of students will successfully earn their diploma thereby making them eligible for ‘leadership nomination’. At this point, students are now in a different mindset … “If I am eligible and I have just proven myself to be a leader, then why not apply for a leadership position !” Consequently, your nominations for student leadership will double. One school, I worked with in 2012 had 78% of their senior students apply for a leadership position compared to just 34 % in the previous year.
Term One Year 11
Launch of ‘Leadership Diploma’
2 weeks before Term 2 finishes
Writing of Leadership Initiative (worth 5% of Leadership Diploma)
Early in Term 3
Attendance at Bernie Kelly’s ‘Leadership for Life’ Programme
(worth 10% of Leadership Diploma)
Week or fortnight following Bernie Kelly’s ‘Leadership for Life’ Programme
Awarding of Leadership Diplomas to Graduates