Brainstorming characteristics or traits of an effective leader and co-creating an anchor chart is a good first step in discussing leadership.
*characteristics can be added to the anchor chart as more insight is gained.
The video “7 Traits of a Leader” is a good supplement when discussing characteristics of leaders.
To help students further develop their understanding of the characteristics of an effective leader, have students reflect and complete the “Leadership Qualities Rating Chart“.
Participating in cooperative group work (e.g., STEAM or critical thinking math challenges…) followed up by discussions about how the various leadership qualities helped them to be successful within their group is a good follow-up to this section of the leadership intro.
Importance of Mentors:
Many great leaders talk about the mentors they have had along the way. Start the discussion by brainstorming what students think a mentor is and does.
Large organizations or companies often have a Board of Directors to help lead and guide them in making good decisions. On our leadership journey, we need to surround ourselves with people we can trust and help us to make our best choices.
Ask students to come up with their Board