I am a big believer in fostering leadership among the young. Leadership is an important community attribute and involves the ability to inspire, communicate, motivate, represent and empower those who lead. These qualities should be recognised and celebrated in the youth of today. In 2015 I launched the Queensland Young Leadership Recognition Program and invited schools across Queensland to nominate students who have demonstrated leadership excellence. In response I personally signed and distributed ‘congratulatory letters and leadership recognition certificates’ to some 40,000 students across Queensland over two years.