Upper Schoolers Develop Skills at Annual Leadership Retreat

Sixty designated leaders in the Upper School – club presidents, team captains, student government leaders, etc – gathered on campus for a two-day retreat to learn about and develop their leadership strategies and action plans.

This year’s retreat was led by instructors from the High Mountain Institute in Colorado, where they usually teach semester-long leadership courses to high school students from around the country. This was the first time HMI had led a program at an independent school, and the result was inspirational. 

On Friday, students discussed traits of effective leaders, including self awareness, a strong ethical compass, and the ability to influence others. They practiced effective communication and discussed the importance of setting well-developed goals that are “SMART” - Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic, and Timely. 

On Saturday, the students discussed decision-making strategies and the varying scenarios in which different decision styles might be appropriate. In the afternoon, each Upper School leader had the chance to develop a personal Leadership Action Plan to use over the course of the year.

Photos from the retreat