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Name: Joseph Kan
Title: Head of Student Wellbeing (Secondary) & Head of Innovation & Technology
Organisation: Lighthouse Christian College
Felt called to teaching in 2006, took up various roles from Student Leadership Coordinator & eLearning Coordinator, then moving to another school to take up Head of House role. Felt called to Christian Education, and found an opportunity to serve as Head of Subschool, where I oversaw year 5-10 the past few years. This year I’m in a new season focusing on student wellbeing, as well as supporting and leading the school with the integration and implementation of technology in the classroom. I’m passionate about Christian education, mentoring staff and discipling students to not only encounter God in a deeper and more personal way, but also pursue and harness their God given talents, gifts and calling for their lives.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
Managing work-life balance, time with family, time to maintain personal health.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
God’s guidance and leading to pursue various directions - and through obedience, opportunities were presented, doors were opened, challenges were created - to all which I’ve followed with the aim to do my best for His glory, serve and grow from the experience.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
Each day presents a set of tasks, duties and responsibilities. A ongoing juggling act, to ensure all areas are given fair amount of attention. I have to be disciplined, diligent and flexible at the same time. Making sure I establish a routine as much as possible to provide consistency, make the most of available time - to be efficient when and where I can, because I can’t predict the future, which leads to flexibility so I can be ready and prepared for all situations that comes my way without expectation. Staring and finishing with prayer - asking for guidance and wisdom, and then giving Thanksgiving and praise.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
I’m here to serve, mentor and raise leaders to ultimately one day, replace me or at least lead others.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Genius of Jesus by Erwin McManus
It’s all about discovering and tapping into one’s God given potential. God has called each of us to live a life of greatness, abundance and influence. I strive to always be a better version of myself each day compared to myself from yesterday. Exploring opportunities to grow, develop and enhance my skill set, giftings, experience and understanding of God, who He is, who I am in Him and what I’ve been created to do on Earth according to His will and great purpose. I want to be as useful and versatile for God’s Kingdom.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
Always have Jesus as the centre of it all. You can’t achieve nor do anything without Him. It’s all about Him - it’s all for Him. Be open to learn, be teachable, as well have a heart to lead others to lead also.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
I’m part of a great team - working together for the same cause & goal. We help each other. I can’t do any of it with God, I can’t do any of it with others around me. We are the body of Christ and we need each other, as we all play different vital roles. I need and can learn from others just as much as they learn from me.