Aspirational Leadership

Much has been written about boys' education. Sometimes I believe the rhetoric contributes to over complication and complexity when it comes to what works with boys. I have no doubt the ability to complicate and create mystique allows some to purport that they hold the magical key with which all secrets about educating boys will be unlocked before our very eyes.

The key to successfully educating boys in my opinion is not that complicated. Firstly, employ staff that care about each boy and have the capacity to develop meaningful professional and personal connections. Secondly, ensure behavioural expectations are clear and that the boys know where the line in the sand is drawn and that it is not a line that moves.

Thirdly, create an environment that promotes a healthy culture; a culture that is founded upon core values and in the case of Scotch this means we must reflect integrity, service and stewardship in all that we do and offer.

As a college that enrols boys from K to 12, there is another construct that can give real meaning to young boys. The construct to which I refer is aspirational leadership. Creating a culture of aspiration engenders a sense of hope and excitement in each boy as they look to the future.

Schools that are fortunate enough to have students enrolled across the full range of year levels should seek every opportunity for cross year level engagement. Role modelling is nothing new, and it is essential for the younger students to see older students set the standard; thus, creating a healthy culture of aspirational leadership and cultural transmission.