Competencies are the knowledge, skills and attributes you can develop in every aspect of your life.

ASL helps students to transform the competencies learned in the classroom into abilities for life long success.

ASLeaders interact with the following lessons at least three different times, and in a variety of leadership learning environments throughout their leadership progression from grade 5 to graduation:

1) in theory

2) in planning & preparation

3) in practice & evaluation

  • TEAM BUILDING - build trust, lead, work with diversity, be accountable, evaluate effort and outcomes, rebuild, grow relationships, foster effective followership.
  • COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY - seek people and information. Learn to listen effectively. Practice speaking clearly, passionately, and boldly. Be aware that body language speaks volumes. Write effectively. Use digital technology for outreach, engagement, and inclusion. Develop an understanding that actions drown out your words.
  • FOLLOWERSHIP - great leaders know how to follow and enable other leaders.
  • VOLUNTEERISM & MODEL THE WAY – Providing an example to follow - you are your own brand.
  • PLANNING & PREPARATION - 90% of the work.
  • EVALUATE - learn, record, and transmit in order to provide the keys for growth and future success.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY - seek responsibility and accept responsibility, be authentic.
  • PROBLEM SOLVING - rise to each challenge and prepare to adapt and overcome.
  • TIME MANAGEMENT - clearly defined priorities bring balance, balance, balance.
  • MEETINGS - effective meetings for effective outcomes.
  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP - enable success in others, "enable others to exceed beyond their limitations and by doing so you will exceed beyond your own".
  • AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP - earn the right to be heard and the trust to take meaningful action.
  • COORDINATION and COLLABORATION - section, team, group.
  • COLLECT and ANALYSE INFORMATION to THINK CRITICALLY - what do you need to know and how will you gain that information in order to improve - be willing to allow data and others to help you improve.
  • THE ART of DELEGATION and INCLUSION - enable the team through a balance of engaged strength and weaknesses. Celebrate each other's success.
  • CONFIDENCE BUILDING – turning a weakness into a strength; try, risk, and practice, practice, practice.
  • REWARD and RECOGNITION - celebrate and acknowledge.
  • CRUNCH + MANAGE THE NUMBERS - budgets, people, resources, allotment, data entry and analysis.
  • MENTAL TOUGHNESS and RESILIENCY - adapt and overcome, never quit.
  • BALANCE - practice time management, set boundaries, set priorities, fulfill responsibilities, rest and renew.
  • HEALTH and FITNESS - exercise and eat to enhance your body, mind, and soul.
  • FULFILLMENT - interests grow into passions that can become purpose.
  • CALCULATE RISK and COST BENEFIT - try, assess, and evaluate what could be gained or lost, work on the 'value added'.
  • SITUATIONAL AWARENESS - tune in to what is happening around you and include and adapt to meet rising and immediate needs (agility).
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE - developing the maturity to know when to speak, listen and act appropriately.
  • TAKING INITIATIVE and RESPONSIBILITY - leaders move first with purpose because they are invested in their people and their people's outcomes.
  • ATTITUDE DETERMINES OUTCOMES - you are contagious.
  • UNDERSTANDING FAILURE - failure is fuel for future success.
  • DISCIPLINE - Self-Regulation and Self-Management - discipline opens up space and opportunity for growth and action, "an orderly desk is an orderly mind".
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP - use your tool kit to design, create, and establish a new business opportunity.
  • INGENUITY - think broadly and be creative.
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION - the art of relationship navigation; individuals, teams and rebuilding.
  • PERSEVERANCE - working through adversity with sustained effort by identifying and overcoming roadblocks.
  • REST and RENEW- scheduling your 'me time' and breaks in order to remember and renew your 'why'.


Connect the Classroom


ASLeaders use skills and competencies learned in the classroom to SMARTE plan, enhance their communication skills by engaging in our bilingual community, incorporate technology, and enhance their understanding of course material through meaningful experiences.

Make learning, make sense.

Enhance Leadership Skills


ASLeaders are busy! Students work on teams that are aligned with their interests as they are learning how to plan, prepare, execute and evaluate.

ASLeaders manage their time, resources, talents, weaknesses, develop situational awareness, emotional intelligence, identify and overcoming challenges, analyze, evaluate, and adjust to enable others and generate success.

90% of a leader's work is dedicated to caring for people, planning, preparing, and evaluating.

Take Action


Authentic leaders serve their people. ASLeaders use their talents, intrests, and tools to make a positive difference in their world.

ASLeaders apply their knowledge, and leadership skills toward achieving positive and meaningful outcomes for things that they are passionate about. ASLeaders are active and engaged in our world.

10% of a leader's work is dedicated to the action being produced. Initiatives, events and activities are the evidence of the work that has been completed

An Example of ASL In Motion

Hosting the CRC Robotics Competition in Quebec... twice.

The Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board hosted the Quebec provincial CRC Robotics Competition twice at the senior school in Laval in the span of five years, both times in February.

For three days, the senior school campus transformed one gym into an interactive kiosks nerve centre. The other became concert style seating around a boxing ring for the robots to preform their competition tasks.

3000 new people would be moving on and off site, school field trip visits would occur, a regular school day will transpire, VIPs, judges, and different stations need to be facilitated. Food, water, and bathrooms would need to be available. Guests would need to be able to quickly access different departments and the competition will need to follow its strict schedule.

During the second hosting experience we were able to have ASL alumni mentor the current team to enhance the progression of learning and to share their best practices.

Many of our lessons were being applied throughout this process.

ASLeaders learning leadership lessons in practical application:

November - January

  • Dissect the proposal and plan
  • Trouble shoot the rooms, hallways, allocations, and identify resources needed
  • Map the responsibilities and walk through in order to assess
  • Draft a SMARTE and identify departments needed and set the timeline
  • Evaluate SMARTE
  • Identify department heads and draft department SMARTEs
  • Distribute and delegate tasks
  • Identify solutions to needs and foster collaboration and creative thinking
  • Contingency plan
  • Review equipment, resources, space, and budget needed
  • Evaluate and rehearse the 'car door to car door' experience

January 6 - January 20

  • Recruit 100 volunteers and begin to align resources
  • Evaluate
  • Contingency rehearse
  • Train & rehearse

January 20 - 2 days prior to competition

  • Set the schedule
  • Test and rehearse the digital and internal communications systems
  • Disseminate information - communicate, communicate, communicate
  • Review and final critic of SMARTEs, rehearse and confirm to adjust and overcome

2 days final prep & competition (3 days, 14+ hours per day)

  • Manage 3 shift changes per day
  • Deliver a bilingual event with access for all
  • Adapt to rising needs and solve problems on the fly
  • Facilitate the guest's needs and productivity
  • Facility the host's needs
  • Adjust the plan and people as needed
  • Fulfill distribution of resources, food, and hardware as necessary
  • Detail management - garbage, breaks, attitudes, (mission, team, self)
  • Make safe - people, parking, equipment, movements
  • Coordinate access and delivery of food and drinks
  • Record, video, and photograph
  • Close the day, evaluate, and transfer responsibilities and information
  • Prepare in advance for shift changes and find replacements

Post Competition

  • Evaluate, review, and record
  • Celebrate & recognize

CTV Montreal news story of the CRC Competition during our first hosting experience.

"The leader is the one who,

out of the cutter, brings simplicity...

out of discord, harmony...

and out of difficulty, opportunity."

Albert Einstein