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The leaders of tomorrow

What do the following all have in common?

Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King Jnr, Greta Thunberg, Winston Churchill, Jacinda Ardern

All very different personalities but you could make a strong case that each of them was or is a great leader.

A quick search on Amazon on the topic of ‘leadership’ currently yields 255,607 results. New book titles are constantly being added and there seem to be a wealth of training courses on offer for both individuals and businesses. Many of us will find ourselves in a situation where we need to step into a leadership role. So, what makes a good leader?

Leaders need to create an inspiring vision for the future. Through actions or words or both they must motivate people to engage with that vision. They must manage or oversee the delivery of that vision and coach and build a team, so that it is more effective at realising the vision.

A difficult job! So what qualities of character does a great leader need to possess?

Curiosity, creativity, courage, perseverance, responsibility, humility, empathy, vision, authenticity, accountability, agility, integrity, passion, charisma, commitment, and optimism.

Just a small selection of the qualities an effective leader may possess. Every leader will possess some of these qualities, and they will each have those quality to differing degrees, few if any will possess them all. Most will need to draw on those qualities they have and work to develop those that they don’t. Consequently, leaders come in many different guises. Mandela, Churchill, Ardern different individuals with very different personalities and different leadership styles.

History and an amazon search tell us that there is no one way to lead. In fact, we can’t even agree on how many different leadership styles there are. The first four results from a Google search of leadership styles are:

  • The six most common styles of leadership?
  • What are the four most common styles of leadership?
  • What are the seven styles of leadership?
  • Leadership Styles: The 11 most common and how to find them.

This quote from Nelson Mandela is one of my favourite quotes about leadership.

‘A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the nimblest go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realising that all along they are being directed from behind.’

I like this quote because it presents a very different perspective on leadership to that commonly at the forefront of our minds. When we think of great leaders, typically we think of great orators like Churchill and Martin Luther King Jnr, those with the power to inspire with their words. Alternatively, we may picture those like Elon Musk who are front and centre and lead through their expertise and the force of their personality. Or perhaps our mind turns to figures like Ernest Shackleton who lead through the example of their personal physical courage. Those who are the centre of attention lead from the front, when in fact quiet thoughtful humble leaders can be equally effective.

At Warwick School we aim to prepare young people to play a positive role in the world, to be the leaders of the future. We do this by exposing them to opportunities that develop the character traits required for leadership but also by giving them chances to lead. I urge all our pupils to seek out these occasions, particularly those which they may find challenging.

Perhaps the highest profile of these chances to lead is becoming a school prefect. Prefects are expected to establish and maintain the highest standards of behaviour, attitude and appearance and provide a role model for other pupils. They are expected to commit fully to school life as well as to undertake additional duties and take responsibility for leading the pupil body in a particular area.

They are selected on the basis of a written application, interview and a vote of their peers and teachers. They are chosen in recognition of their achievements and their potential to have a positive impact on the school community.

On Wednesday morning it was my pleasure to announce the new cohort of prefects who will take up their posts at the start of the summer term.

Just like every year this year’s prefects embody many different personality types and styles of leadership but each of them personifies the school values of curiosity, creativity, courage, perseverance, responsibility, and humility.

Prefects 2023-24

Senior Prefects

Head of School

Thomas Macro

Head of Wellbeing

James Knight

Head of Pupil Voice

Noah Saxton

Head of Duties

Oliver McGinnity



Owen Robinson


Ben Bryan

Mental Health

Arjan Paneser


Tanjim Islam


Charlie McKenzie

Pupil Voice


Jack Murphy

Green Team

Oliver Orton

Teaching & Learning

Ekham Hothi


Osian Mulligan

Sixth Form

Harry Goodrem

House Captains


Kane Cuming


Barnaby Pidler


Will Dodsworth


Karam Dosanjh


Locky Brown


Fred Wallis


Duty 1

Daniel Jenks-Berryman

Duty 2

Thuwaaragan Vivekananthan

Duty 3

Monty Adlington

Duty 4

Samuel Martin

Duty 5

Aidan Everett

Other Positions of Responsibility

Senior Cadet

William Murden


Nirojan Jeyaseelan

Wellbeing Ambassadors

Wellbeing Ambassador

Alex Wintle

Wellbeing Ambassador

Ali Khalil

Wellbeing Ambassador

Charles Whorrod

Wellbeing Ambassador

Dominic Burt

Wellbeing Ambassador

Fraser Mackinlay

Wellbeing Ambassador

Hari Goodman

Wellbeing Ambassador

James Coplestone-Crow

Wellbeing Ambassador

Joel Morris

Wellbeing Ambassador

Kaan Cinar

Wellbeing Ambassador

Oliver Crabtree

Wellbeing Ambassador

Samuel Laycock


Head of House

Edlin Leung

Dept Head of House

Jamie Cheng