Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership

I am a firm believer that everything rises and falls on leadership. That is why at Cedars Christian College we focus a great deal on developing the leadership capacity of all of our students and staff, including myself.

Global Leadership Summit at Cedars

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit in Chicago with a group of Christian school leaders from across Australia.

The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is a premier event with 10,000 people coming from all over the world to attend on site and 400,000 participating in satellite centres in 128 countries and in 60 different languages. The speakers were excellent, including Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, Marcus Buckingham a Gallop researcher for 30 years, Immaculee Ilibagiza a survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, Bill Hybels from Willow Creek and so many more. The teaching was exceptional.

Whether at home in Australia or at conferences abroad I am energised by learning and continually looking for ways to improve my knowledge and practice as a Principal. Travelling with a group of like minded leaders from schools across Australia was also significant as we learned from each other along the way.

Part of the reason for the group to attend was to establish the first GLS specifically designed for student leaders. I am excited that Cedars will be hosting the Summit in October. Our Leadership Centre will be filled with student leaders from schools across the state and I am thrilled that we can gather and inspire the next generation of young leaders as they finish their final years of schooling and head out into tertiary study or the workforce.

College Captain Applications

It will not be long before we farewell our current College Captains as they focus on their final HSC examinations. This week I received the application forms from Year 11 students who are aspiring to lead our school from Term 4. Over the coming weeks we will introduce the applicants, have a student and staff vote, consider their service and leadership records at Cedars and interview them in front of a panel of College staff.

Ultimately, there will be four new Captains to replace the outgoing group, but at Cedars we believe that you do not need a title in order to be a leader. In fact we believe that Cedars students are continually developing the capacity to lead and influence those around them. The culture of leadership development at Cedars is strong and can be seen in many different ways throughout our sub schools starting in Junior School.

Have a look at the legacy left by previous school leaders at the following link:


Developing Leaders who Serve Others

We teach our student leaders to be forward thinkers, to look for ways to be innovative, caring, reflective, and to have a heart to serve others.

This week we launched our new television commercial featuring 2014 Cedars graduate Jean Marc Bukasa.

Click on this link to learn more about Jean Marc:


Our new video says,

“At Cedars, we believe in active leadership that serves others. As a result, we had the honour of serving a student who now serves our country today.”  The final line of our new advertisement says Who’d have thought? We did.”

We think a lot about each of our student’s potential to lead, to serve and to ultimately find their own unique success.  Our students are truly our greatest results.

If everything rises and falls on leadership, I want our students to be the ones leading.