5 tips that we follow at St. George’s English School of Bilbao to educate the leaders of the future
“A good education should be aimed at the personal, intellectual and moral development of a person, the development of criteria and the ability to solve problems. If that is done well, we will be producing people capable of facing the problems that arise and people capable of asking themselves questions and new proposals, ”says Moisés Wasserman, former Rector of the National University of Colombia.
For his part, in the TED talk given by Patrick Awuah he spoke about the need to educate future generations of leaders. Awuah grew up in Ghana, but graduated from a university in the United States. When he returned to his native country, he evaluated what were the three great problems in society: “corruption, weak institutions and their leaders.” Studying the foundations and examining the educational system he found three other problems: rote learning rather than critical thinking, insufficient emphasis on ethics, and a sense of entitlement rather than responsibility.
5 tips to educate the future leaders
Ultimately, he observed that what the system needed was a better education on leadership “to face complex problems and design solutions to those problems.” Consequently, in his TED talk, he offered five tips for educating the leaders of the future.
- Teach to be creative: It is a mistake to categorize people as creative and not creative. We all have creative abilities, and as a school we must foster them.
- Cultivate motivation: Synergy is when your personal goal is aligned with a goal that goes beyond the personal.
- Develop communication skills: Your ability to guide others toward your vision is only as good as your ability to communicate that vision.
- Teach not to fear risk or failure: If they are failing, they are doing well. The important thing is to develop the stamina to try again, using the knowledge you gained from your mistakes.
- Learn to adapt to changes: Students must learn to be not only resilient to challenges, but also know how to adapt to changes. As explained in his letter, the director, Juan Martorell: “In the new teaching and learning paradigms, the student is the protagonist and the teacher is the guide and guide to discovery the world and the development of competencies and abilities.”
A teaching methodology based on learning by fostering creativity and fostering tolerance for frustration will establish the success of the student leaders of the future. According to a report from the World Economic Forum in Davos, already in 2017 the entity pointed out that 65% of the students corresponding to primary school would obtain jobs that did not yet exist, for which the established educational rules would not prevent them. Specifically, at St. George’s English School of Bilbao: “creativity through music, physical education, sports, art, together with the fundamental subjects, help – affirms the school director – to develop in students the new skills and competences of the 21st century, such as the promotion of entrepreneurship and a critical spirit, emotional and social education, with active policies for integration and prevention of the risks faced by children in the new world globalized and interconnected ”.
Creativity, confidence and social skills
Teaching tomorrow’s leaders is educating in creativity, problem solving, digital transformation, innovation and technology… The demand for superior technological, social and emotional and cognitive skills will increase by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?
At St. George’s English School of Bilbao we are concerned with having a school with a structure capable of adapting to changes, staffed and directed by professionals with the same objective: to offer a high quality educational experience to ensure a positive transition to universities, giving our students the confidence and academic results they need to progress.
In the words of the writer Will Durant, based on the teachings of Aristotle, he said at the time: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit ”. Success, in all areas of life, is the accumulation of habits and systems that, over time, lead us to a result.
We take as an example the swimmer Michael Phelps, athlete with the most Olympic medals of all time, who trained six hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, for almost two decades. He never missed a day of training. And his training habit was a critical factor in his success. When you see results, it is because behind there has been a time in which a series of habits have been implemented that have led to this final result. If we want to be more successful, instead of focusing so much on the goals we want to achieve, we must look at the habits that lead to results.
For this reason, from the earliest beginnings in our stage of Pre-Nursery (2 years) to 2º of Baccalaureate we supervise and accompany them in their education, a daily habit in the lives of our students, and we do it carefully to achieve the maximum progress of the leaders of the future.