Students chosen for leadership forum

What makes a good leader? Two of La Trobe's Hallmark scholars are set to find out.

Alexandra Mangion from Taylors Lakes and Malsha Fernando from Mill Park have been selected to attend the prestigious National Student Leadership Forum in Canberra next month. They will spend four days in the Nation's Capital and hear from Federal MP's and the Prime Minister himself about the challenges and commitment required to lead.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science student Alexandra Mangion sees the trip as an incredible learning opportunity.

'For us to hear directly from the Prime Minister about what makes a good leader and how to withstand making unpopular decisions that you see as being for the greater good of the country will be a fascinating experience,' she said.  

It's no surprise that the psychology behind what makes a good leader is a topic of interest for Bachelor of Psychological Sciences student, Malsha Fernando.

'If I get the chance, I'd like to ask Prime Minister Abbott how he handles the stress of criticism and judgement, and keeps going.'

 Both students acknowledge that the qualities of a good leader are many and varied and include thinking of others and having a strong values system.

The National Student Leadership Forum is focused on the role of faith and values in leadership and is an initiative of Members and Senators of the Federal Parliament with support from business and community leaders. 

About 40 MPs from all political parties and ideological positions host the four day event which aims at developing and encouraging leadership character and skills in young people.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Jane Long said, 'I'm delighted that two of our Hallmark students are participating in the National Student Leadership Forum conference next month, as part of the leadership development component of this important program.'

The Hallmark Program commenced this year and provides opportunities for high-achieving students to work in cross-disciplinary teams on research projects with real-world outcomes.

Alexandra and Malsha will join about 300 other young people from across Australia on September 4th for the four day forum, which includes substantial time at Parliament House, a trip to the War Memorial and involvement in community service activities.

An experience that could help shape and inspire them to be a part of the next generation of leaders.

Media: Catherine Garrett  9479 6565

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