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Service Leadership

Service Leadership is a powerful force that occurs when a person discovers his or her heart to serve, answers a call to lead, and summons the courage to engage. Suffield Academy’s Leadership Program encourages students to become active members of their community who work to solve problems and help others through service. The program demonstrates how kindness is a way of life. Its members learn to accept their own ability to make a difference, enhances their knowledge of their own passions and convictions, and develops their ability to empathize with those in need. The service experience helps students accept their own identity as a leader and develops their ability to transform an idea into purposeful action. The program recognizes collaboration as a key to success and develops students’ ability to build strong human connections through service.

Environmental Stewardship

Anybody can be an environmental steward by ensuring they do as little as possible to negatively impact the world around them. Environmental stewardship is the responsible use and protection of our natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Stewardship recognizes man’s relationship to land and to the animals and plants that inhabit it. There are three types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers help the cause by taking action. Donors provide financial support. Practitioners work to steer governmental or scientific groups towards a stewardship outcome. Together these three groups keep the world’s vast ecosystem running healthily. Without them it would be difficult to accomplish any form of sustainability in our increasingly industrial-based society.

Environmental Leadership

Anybody can be an environmental steward by ensuring they do as little as possible to negatively impact the world around them. Environmental stewardship is the responsible use and protection of our natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Stewardship recognizes man’s relationship to land and to the animals and plants that inhabit it. There are three types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers help the cause by taking action. Donors provide financial support. Practitioners work to steer governmental or scientific groups towards a stewardship outcome. Together these three groups keep the world’s vast ecosystem running healthily. Without them it would be difficult to accomplish any form of sustainability in our increasingly industrial-based society.

Leadership Role Models

Effective leaders serve as a positive role models by accepting personal responsibility for their actions. Leaders open doors of perception by offering the realities of perspective. Leaders are committed to helping others become positive role models within their community. They not only identify with others empathetically but accept what others can contribute. They have the foresight to understand that a lack of decision making can be perceived as an ethical failure.

Leaders naturally respond to a problem by listening first, and true listening builds strength in others. Whether it happens one person at a time or one action at a time, leaders are willing to use their talents to persuade others and demand little in return, even if it means stepping aside and serving when asked.

Setting an Example

Leaders must lead with their actions as well as their words. Leadership is the act of setting the right example for those who follow. Leadership qualities are natural for some people and learned for others. For an organization to grow, the people within it must also grow. The way for leaders to bring a team to a higher standard is by committing to a greater challenge themselves. They see everyone’s potential and encourage and inspire those around them. By being the example of greater discipline and greater drive, a leader encourages those who follow to adopt a higher standard. Leaders can effectively translate intention into reality by acting on the concepts and messages they teach and the things they say. Leading by example is the trait of a true leader.

Leading with Information

Information that is not coupled with a proclivity to question findings, direction, risk, mission, and goals is relatively useless. Common among the best leaders is one distinguishing factor: the creative use of information to raise meaningful questions. It is the ability to ask relevant, provocative, insightful, and often path-finding questions that separates true leaders from those who may simply be occupying a leadership role.

All organizations want competent, educated, or at least bright people in leadership roles. Many make the mistake of thinking that having facts or fact-finding is a pre-requisite to good decision-making and authoritative leadership. Having gathered information that reveals trends, patterns, tendencies, opportunities, weaknesses, strengths, and more is the mark of true leadership when it is combined with creative efforts to raise the proper questions. All good leaders should be aware of the environment in which they operate and how other environments may alter their course. The quintessential leader is an informed leader.

    Smile a lot, pay attention to details, find your people, and try new things even if you think you’d hate them.   -Megan Alberding

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