LEADERSHIP IS NOT A TITLE
My heart stopped today as my son told me how he was still upset that he didn't achieve a Leadership role in his Grade Six year (2 months on since the announcements). He and a mate have been discussing a boy, once a good mate, who had made a terrible speech (Patrick himself had shaken with nerves and very embarrassed) and that the boy didn't deserve his role because of his speech. We further explored other possible reasons and unearthed that this boy wasn't consistent in his 'integrity' - one of the school values.
I hope I made a good job with my advice (holding back tears), launching with "Leadership is not a title" - explaining the importance of influencing the best outcome, investing time in others, being proactive and always being positive - these being the leadership traits that he should be demonstrating which would make the difference at his school. Ending with, "A badge doesn't give you a superpower." (I like that one!)
Working with the world of academia last week I was being provocative by suggesting that the audience, a group of woman, stood behind their titles of 'Professors', whereas, what they needed to do was to stand up and be known for their leadership.