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Who Has Been a Leader in Your Life

Suggested Grade Level

Grade

11

Approximate Time Needed

Minutes

Varies

Instructions

Leadership is: the ability to motivate and influence people to achieve goals.

Think about who has had a positive influence on your life. Who has set a good example or been an inspiration for you? Who has provided you with guidance, encouragement, emotional support, or help in making important decisions? Who has been a personal role model or hero?

This person might be a family member, teacher, member of the clergy, counselor, sports coach, job supervisor, other type of mentor or advisor, community or team leader, or even a classmate or friend.

Teacher Notes

Leaders can be found just about anywhere in daily life, from the kindergarten playground to the local soccer league. Leaders don’t need to be famous.

Have one student stand and be a “leader of the moment” by reading aloud the displayed definition of leadership. Ask the leader/reader to call out the most critical words in the definition and give a brief explanation of why they’re significant. Assist as needed.

Using the handout, Who Has Been a Leader in Your Life?, ask students to write the name of someone who has personally motivated them or who’s had a positive influence on them. It could be a family member, a local community member, a teacher, a friend, a sports figure. Also have them describe some of that person’s characteristics and the ways he/she motivated and influenced them. Record their responses on the board or newsprint to revisit later in the seminar.

Using the handout, The Right Stuff: Ten Leadership Characteristics, see if students can add to this list based on what they just said about the leader in their own life.

Assessment Notes

Completion of Who Has Been a Leader in Your Life handout

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