Leadership Academy Builds Positive Role Models at North

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Valley Stream North High School held the third session of its Leadership Academy on Feb. 9. This initiative, which trains student leaders across all categories, aims to enhance team-building skills and develop positive role models. Over the course of the school year, the group participates in workshops and activities that are based on trust, camaraderie, acceptance, self-awareness, courage and much more.

Principal James Bolen led the recent gathering, which was coordinated by Leadership Academy advisors Vanessa Coppeto and Jennifer DiMaio. The event focused on digital responsibility, knowing one’s place in a group and applying that to a particular leadership style.

Students explored different personality aspects and learned that there is not “one right way” to be a leader – there are many positive leadership styles, each with their appropriate scenarios. As stated in the course materials, “The leadership style that you use depends on the needs of the person you are leading and the needs of the environment.”  

“It’s okay to recognize your flaws as well as your strengths,” Mr. Bolen said. “Knowing who the ‘real you’ is enables you to be a leader. You need to understand who you are as a person before you can lead others.”

The Leadership Academy meets multiple times throughout the year and kicked off in October with a half-day schedule of introductory and team-building act activities. The second session concentrated on helping students discover who they are from a psychological perspective, which then segued into the third event.  

Leadership Academy attendees range from team captains to officers and chairpersons of clubs and organizations. Later in the school year, the group will visit Project Adventure to further exercise their collaborative and leadership skills.