In today’s world there
are countless opportunities to make a difference. More than ever there
is a need for people of all ages, from all backgrounds, with all types
of life experience to seize those opportunities that lead to greatness.
More than ever there is a need for leaders to inspire us to dream, to
participate, and to persevere.
The Student Leadership Challenge offers everyone the chance to do just that—to take the initiative and make a difference.
The Student Leadership Challenge is about how student leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done. It’s about the practices
leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities,
obstacles into innovations, individuality into collaboration, and risks
into rewards. It’s about a climate in which people turn challenging
opportunities into remarkable successes.
We’re happy you’re here and we hope you will find the information on
this website a helpful tool as you begin, or continue, your leadership
Jim & Barry
Do your students consider themselves leaders?
We believe they are.
Leadership is not about position or title, power or authority, celebrity or wealth, family or genetics. It's also not just something for a chosen few. Leadership is everyone's business! Leadership is about relationships, personal credibility, and what you do. It's about an observable set of skills and abilities that are useful wherever you are. As a skill, leadership can be strengthened, honed, and enhanced, given the motivation and desire, along with practice and feedback, role models, and coaching. If students find themselves in a challenging situation that requires setting a good example for others, looking ahead to the future, taking initiative to change the status quo, building teamwork and trust, and encouraging others to succeed, then they are in a situation that requires leadership. What is required of them in this situation is that they step forward and become the best leader they can be.
The first place to look for leadership is within oneself. The Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI) is a tool that enables students to take that look—to look at the skills they now have an to build practices that actual leaders employ, The Student Leadership Challenge program offers young leaders the opportunity to measure their current leadership strengths and weaknesses, to make a plan for improvement, and to commit to growing as a leader.
Ours is an imperfect world. And yet there remains the promise that students like the ones you teach will become the transformative leaders of today and tomorrow. It's their vision, their values, and their beliefs that will shape the direction of our world. We need more exemplary leaders, and we need them now more than ever. There is so much extraordinary work that needs to be done. We hope that The Student Leadership Challenge will help your students feel more empowered, be more capable to accept these challenges, and strengthen their will to persist in making a difference on campus and in the world.
You can help them develop into better leaders. You can liberate the leader within each and every one of them. Begin here.