Serve Well is the third founding principle of Lead Academy. Great leaders who strive for positive changes in the world are always concerned about how their actions serve and impact others. Simon Sinek says in his book, Leaders Eat Last, that “you can easily judge the character of a [person] by how [they] treat those who can do nothing for [them].” As leaders, we should always strive to serve.
Another founding principle at Lead is Work Hard. This principle calls on us to put in the work in order to see the results we hope for. Working hard doesn’t mean doing things the most difficult way. It does mean that, as you confront challenges, you continue to push toward the goal. If we are to be leaders of our own learning, working hard is one key that will help us unlock our greatest potential.
From the beginning of Lead Academy, we have always had a foundation based on four principles. Be nice. Work hard. Serve well. Have fun. “Be nice” has always been at the front of our vision for our school. “Be nice” doesn’t mean pretending to be happy all the time. We also have other feelings that are important to feel. Being nice can happen in many different ways, even when we might feel upset. Being nice means that you show kindness to others and to yourself. Sharing authentic kindness is a very powerful tool for all leaders.
Welcome to another week and another Table Talk. This week, we focus on Crew. Crew is a major component of what we do at Lead. Learning ways to become crew and not passengers is a journey that allows us to grow as learners and leaders. We hope that these conversation starters and resources help your student and your family become a part of the Lead Academy Crew.
This week, we are rolling out our first Tuesday Table Talk. Table Talks are meant to build better connections between the work we're doing at school as developing leaders and ways to continue that growth at home with a student's support system.
The talks are written so that guardians of younger students or students themselves can read through the information and have a conversation about the ideas presented. In this week's talk, we ask "who can be a leader?" Take some time and discuss that question with your student and those involved in their leadership growth outside of school. There are portions of the talk that you can take pictures of and share with your teacher or crew leader so that we can share in those discussions as well.
This doesn't have to be completed by a certain time. The hope is that this Table Talk will spark conversations that last the week or even longer.
Check out this video for more information:
Now, go talk!