Where Do I Begin in Using The Student Leadership Challenge?
6/18/2014 12:00 AM ,
Step 1: Familiarize Yourself with the Model
The first step is to familiarize yourself with the model. Our point of view is simple, really. We believe leadership is everyone’s business!
What do we mean by that?
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 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, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. It’s about a climate in which people turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.
Grounded in over 30 years of extensive research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have identified The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership that are common when leaders are able to make extraordinary things happen.
Each of The Five Practices is made up of six core behaviors that Kouzes and Posner have identified as being indicative of exemplary leadership.
There are a number of resources and products associated with The Student Leadership Challenge and The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership model. We realize it may be difficult to choose what elements of this program to use for an undergraduate course, a college seminar or workshop, or a youth program. We’ve outlined the steps to take to introduce the model and recommend the books your students will need according to their experience level.
Step 2: Introduce the Model to Your Students
The Student Leadership Challenge, Second Edition, shows how anyone can be a leader, regardless of age or experience. The authors challenge high school and undergraduate college students to examine their leadership actions and aspirations. Your students will learn from first-hand leadership stories from young leaders like themselves, helping them to deeply understand and explore The Five Practices.
If you are a college instructor considering using The Student Leadership Challenge for one of your courses, you can request an evaluation copy.
These additional resources will help The Five Practices come alive for your students, and help you facilitate their leadership journey:
Step 3: Let Your Students Learn About Themselves
The Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI) 360 Online approaches leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors. From classrooms to athletics to student government meetings, Kouzes and Posner’s Student LPI has helped thousands of young people assess their leadership potential and cultivate the skills necessary to become exemplary leaders. The assessment tool consists of Self and anonymous Observer questionnaires for the student leader and those who have observed the student in action. Each survey features 30 statements based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.
Through participation in the Student LPI 360 Online, students will be better able to:
Step 4: See How Other Educators Are Integrating Materials into Their Programs
Look through our Resources to find many free and downloadable materials that can help you in your program design and delivery. You will find supplemental resources and suggestions for how to incorporate these materials into your programs, such as:
When you’re ready—either when you’re just beginning to learn about The Five Practices or after you’ve started teaching them—you can dramatically deepen your understanding of the model and gain valuable insight into how best to deliver The Student Leadership Challenge with these trainings for educators.
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