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In the lead up to their HSC ex­ams, Year 12 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Hawkes­bury-Hills Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme (SLP) had the op­por­tu­nity to meet and be men­tored by Com­mon­wealth Bank Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and CEO Ian Narev.

Mr Narev met with the stu­dents at the Cas­tle Hill RSL for an in­for­mal din­ner and Q&A ses­sion hosted by my­self and en­cour­aged the stu­dents to be mod­els of “con­vic­tion lead­er­ship” and ser­vice in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

“Lead­er­ship is work­ing with and through a team and it must be some­thing that re­ally means some­thing to you per­son­ally, that re­ally mo­ti­vates you. Un­der­neath that there’s got to be that idea of ser­vice,” Mr Narev said.

“A leader of a team has re­ally got to be sub­or­di­nat­ing his or her per­sonal goals to the goals the team is work­ing to­wards. That’s a re­ally crit­i­cal part of it.”

The Com­mon­wealth Bank CEO was an ex­am­ple of a leader who un­der­stood the im­por­tance of lis­ten­ing and team­work to achieve suc­cess, whether it be in busi­ness, sport, pol­i­tics or the arts.

Ian is known to have said ‘you can learn from any­one’ and he re­minded the year 12 stu­dents that lis­ten­ing is a skill nec­es­sary for au­then­tic and ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship.

Colo High School leader Matilda Harry de­scribed Mr Narev as a “pas­sion­ate, re­lat­able and in­spir­ing role model” for all the Year 12 stu­dents who at­tended the men­tor din­ner on Tues­day night.

The Hills Gram­mar School stu­dents Anna Coote and Cooper Lee said be­yond the ad­vice given them by the CEO, stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to see “qual­i­ties nec­es­sary to be a suc­cess­ful leader such as hu­mil­ity, gen­eros­ity and elo­quence and clear-mind­ed­ness in Mr Narev.

“He spoke pow­er­fully about the im­por­tance of know­ing your pas­sions, strengths and, most im­por­tantly, weak­nesses in or­der to achieve our per­sonal goals and to lead oth­ers ef­fec­tively,” Ms Coote and Mr Lee said.

I com­mit­ted to run­ning the Hawkes­bury-Hills Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme in March 2015, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of a sim­i­lar pro­gram in The Hills in 2014.

The Pro­gramme pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for high-school stu­dents to de­velop strong lead­er­ship skills through a series of men­tor­ing events with Aus­tralian lead­ers, cul­mi­nat­ing in a week-long ser­vice pro­ject as an al­ter­na­tive to ‘Schoolies Week’. This year, stu­dents in the Pro­gramme will travel to Uluru-Ay­ers Rock to do ser­vice work and learn along­side stu­dents and staff at Nyan­gat­jat­jara Col­lege.

As part of the Pro­gramme, par­tic­i­pants also at­tend a series of men­tor­ing events hosted by lead­ers who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity.

This year’s Pa­tron of the Pro­gramme is Vic­to­ria Cross re­cip­i­ent Cor­po­ral Mark Don­ald­son. Men­tors in­clude Vir­gin Aus­tralia CEO John Borghetti, former Gover­nor of NSW Her Ex­cel­lency Pro­fes­sor The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir, and Com­mon­wealth Bank CEO Ian Narev.

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