At our performing arts school we believe a lot in leaders. People who step up, do what they do with confidence and lead the way. In dance isn’t there always that person in the front line who is giving the actions a bit more flair, who knows the steps earlier and always gets them right? How wonderful for everyone else to have someone to watch out of the corner of their eye until they know the routine as well as they do. In singing, where would we be without those people who “go for it” with their voice? Sometimes they might come charging in too soon but who cares – they were up for it with their get up and go? A good teacher knows they are like gold dust for the rest of the group.
Of course, teachers are leaders too and set expectations as well as supporting those who need a helping hand. Remember that teacher at school who you wanted to please? I bet it was something about their pizzazz, their sense of humour, their enthusiasm that engaged you.
Leadership in our pupils is a vital ingredient in every class. We’re honest about these pupils and we talk about their qualities openly. Sometimes we invite pupils to choose who should lead but it’s not a popularity contest and selecting the right person is very important. I’ve seen many pupils start out shy and introspective who then blossom when they are asked to lead. It’s not about having power over anyone (like old fashioned school prefects) it’s about exemplifying the qualities we are looking for – energy, passion and commitment, being totally focused on the work. Come showtime when everyone is nervously standing by at the side of the stage that’s when the leader shows their true worth – they make everyone else feel they are with them and they are in it together.
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