What is leadership?
Leadership is not about having a title or changing the world, and it isn’t always about being at the front of the pack. Instead, leadership is about empowering others and inspiring greatness – it’s about unlocking people’s potential to thrive. True leadership has an amplifying effect because, rather than creating more followers, it nurtures more leaders. Myles Munroe defines leadership as “the capacity to influence others through inspiration, motivated by passion, generated by vision, produced by conviction, [and] ignited by a purpose”.
Everyone has the capacity to be a leader in their everyday life.
Why is it important to empower students as leaders?
How can I empower my students to be leaders?
- Give students more control and choice over their learning (ex. use less detailed criteria, focus on inquiry-based projects, and allow for students to display their learning in a variety of ways)
- Build students’ confidence by encouraging their independence
- Trust your students
- Provide extension or challenging activities for students who are bored or to link learning to students’ interests
- Give regular and positive formative feedback for students to learn from their mistakes and continue their growth
- Help students see knowledge as something “living” that changes quickly and continuously rather than as something “finished”
- Role model everyday leadership and living an empowering life
Where can I learn more?
What will students learn?
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to…
- Define leadership and understand what it means to be an everyday leader
- Identify dangerous misconceptions about leadership that make it seem out of reach
- Recognize and encourage everyday leaders in their life by acknowledging lollipop moments
- See themselves as a leader, or as having the potential to be a leader
- Use their leadership capacity to make a positive impact on the world (one small step at a time)
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Dudley, D. (2010). Leading with Lollipops [video]. TED.
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Kirk, C., Lewis, R., Brown, K., Karibo, B., & Park, E. (2016). The power of student empowerment: Measuring classroom predictors and individual indicators. The Journal of Educational Research, 109(6), 589–595.
Southeastern University. (2019, August 15). Empowering Students: 6 Proven Strategies. Southeastern University Online Learning.