Developing Cultural Leadership

Leadership is something that should be nurtured and supported in all students of all ages and abilities. It enables a sense of self, a sense of control and a sense of purpose over one’s life. As Indigenous students are the emerging leaders of their communities, building leadership capabilities is important in nurturing them as future leaders and promoting personal resilience. Furthermore, Indigenous sovereignty is essential to Indigenous wellbeing While leadership can be manifested in many ways, the term leadership is often viewed from a lens which reflects the values, beliefs and practices of western culture. Cultural leadership however, incorporates the beliefs and practices of Indigenous cultures including collectivism and cultural responsibilities such as kinship roles. Recognising the differences and creating space for Indigenous students to be appropriately mentored in both Indigenous and western styles of leadership is important.

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