The Chronicle has been profiling a range of Whanganui leaders about what they do, what's important to them, and what leadership means.
Today Logan Tutty speaks with Cullinane College Head Girl Aigalelei Leo and Head Boy Jordan Solomona.
Strong family and cultural ties have shaped Aigalelei and Jordan into the people and leaders they are today.
Both have been at Cullinane College since Year 9 and have had leadership ambitions since their arrival at the school.
"I just wanted to make the most of my college experience here. Going for head boy just seemed like the right thing to do," Jordan said.
Aigalelei said, "Being a leader in itself, not particularly as head girl, was a goal of mine. Just in the sense of being selfless and serving others.
"Both Jordan and I are similar in the sense that family is one of the many reasons we do so and giving back to the community after seeing previous leaders."
Both Aigalelei and Jordan are of Samoan heritage, and credit their family and support systems in shaping them into the people they are today.
With two older siblings who were prefects at Cullinane, Aigalelei has used that experience and knowledge.
"Watching my parents and my siblings and noticing the values and virtues they hold. It's kind of been passed down from generation to generation."
Jordan said the way he carried himself was a reflection of his family's values.
"Watching how my parents have carefully treated all of my siblings has really contributed to who I am as a person and as a leader."
Jordan offers his thoughts on what values he thinks are important for leaders to have.
"Accountability is one. Everyone is kind of watching you to be responsible for everything that you do. I think that is very important.
"Confidence, also. It's not something I necessarily have, but something I'm working towards. Confidence is important in a leader so people can look up to you."
Aigalelei said considering others and their opinions is one of the core values she holds in being a leader.
"For myself, being commanding and leading from the front is a scary thought to me. I am quite vulnerable to the opinion of others. I try to ensure it is more of a team effort rather than my own.
"I think leading from the back is more of my way. To be an example, but understanding that there is an equal platform even though I do have this title. It is my opportunity to bring others with me."
As well as being high achieving academics, both have carved out a role for themselves on the sports field.
Aigalelei is the captain of the school's girls First XV rugby team and said her role didn't change much once they hit the field.
"People still look at you. You are the face of your team and the school, but being someone you can rely on is something both roles share."
Jordan has a passion for basketball and volleyball. While he admits he isn't the best player, people still look towards him as a leader.
"My role doesn't change as a mental anchor. People still look to me as someone who holds positivity and if they feel stressed, they can look at me."
Jordan said he has a similar ethos to Aigalelei, and that considering the wellbeing of others was imperative.
"Without our Tuakana leadership team, we couldn't do much. By making sure they are all feeling well and can have the best environment to be the most efficient.
"The title of Head Boy it's not something you use to stand up above people, but it provides greater opportunities to serve others and help them reach their potential easier."
Deputy principal Lida Penn-Reina said the two were great examples and ambassadors for Cullinane College.
"We have no words to express how proud we are of them and how mature they are in filling these roles."
In their last year at Cullinane College, the pair plan on continuing their studies at university.
Jordan is looking to go to Victoria University in Wellington to study accounting.
"I'm hoping after university I can go back to Samoa and live with my family for six months or so, before I get in to life and all the busyness of it."
Aigalelei is planning to go to the University of Otago to study health science.
"Further study is the way I'm thinking and developing who I am. University is not only about getting more education, but meeting new people."