Humility, a lost key to leadership

There are 3 things that struck me when talking with Reece: he’s polite; he’s articulate; he loves his community of Cranebrook and he’s humble.

Okay that’s four, but it was his humility that struck me most.

Reece Nuttall of Cranebrook High School has just been awarded 2016 Local Aboriginal Student of the Year.

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Stuart Ayres, MP (left), Reece Nuttall and Craig Dunne, Acting Principal of Cranebrook High School.

Yes he’s happy and yes he feels that this is a real honour but he is also genuinely surprised. “I had no idea I was being put forward for this award and was completely shocked, I’m not even 100% sure why I’ve got it. The stuff I do at school and in the community is just to make sure everyone is happy and participating. I feel so blessed and honoured to be awarded Aboriginal student of the year but I’m really surprised”.

Ms Jo Ford, Cranebrook High School, Head Teacher Welfare, nominated Reece for the award, I asked her why? “I’ve known Reece since year 7 and have watched him grow into a leader amongst his class members and to demonstrate leadership within the school and local community. Everything Reece does he does without seeking or wanting accolades. He just does it”.

For me humility is the heart of leadership, partly because it is such a compelling character trait and more than fear or authority can inspire others to contribute their best. I can’t help feeling that Reece will continue to grow and flourish in leadership roles because there is real strength, dignity and humility in the way he approaches life.

Congratulations Reece.

Reece will be a guest speaker at the ‘Cranebrook Connects’ Community Workshop on Wednesday 22nd June, 9am at Braddock Public School.

If you would like to know more about ‘Cranebrook Connects’ – the Cranebrook Collective Impact Project, please click here .