Intro – 6th Grade – Lamar

Intro to Leadership

Purpose:

In lesson 1, students will define leadership, be introduced to Lamar and identify how they can be role models.

In lesson 2, students will work together as a team while utilizing all the foundations of Project TEAM.

In lesson 3, students will incorporate their understanding of Leadership into an entry in their Career Journal, as it relates to their future work.

Objectives:

Students will develop self-confidence in their ability to be leaders among their peers, and in other life situations by:

  • developing and employing effective interpersonal communication skills and demonstrating empathy
  • creating positive and supportive relationships with peers and adults
  • employing leadership and teamwork skills in diverse groups
  • using effective collaboration and cooperation skills
  • demonstrating social maturity, ethical behavior, and appropriate self-advocacy skills

Vocabulary

Leadership –  Using your strengths to offer others guidance and direction 

Role Model – A person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others

Procedure

  1. Using the Project TEAM House Guide, draw the PT House, indicating the door.
  2. Introduce Lamar and discuss his leadership characteristics.
  3. Ask students to recall Lamar’s example and his personal characteristics (3 E’s, Encourage, Empower, Embrace).
  4. Ask students to define what it means to be a leader. After they have given their thoughts, write the definition of leadership on the board.
  5. Ask students to think about leadership in the school. Have them name leadership roles they see at school by both students and staff.
  6. Write their ideas on the board.
  7. Ask the students to think about what skills and characteristics make each role a leadership role. Write the skills and characteristics next to each role.
  8. Ask students about the skills and what other jobs use those skills. This is more of a discussion, so you do not need to list the other jobs on the board.
  9. Add the following skills/characteristics if they were not already mentioned:
    • Speaking Up
    • Offering Good Ideas
    • Being a Good Listener
    • Taking Turns
    • Cooperating
    • Being a Good Role Model
  10. At this age, students should have a general understanding of these skills. Now it’s time to talk about the students’ uniqueness.  We are going to explore each student’s individual strengths and how every one of us can be a role model.
  11. Pass out the index cards and ask students to write down three of their strengths.  After giving them a few minutes to do so, say“Let’s talk about role models. What do you think it means to be a role model? Can men and women who serve in the Military be seen as role models? How?” Briefly review for students that those that serve in the Military use leadership skills. They risk their lives to protect the freedom of others demonstrating their leadership and loyalty to the country.
  12. Once they have had a chance to answer, provide the definition.
  13. Say, “Looking at your strengths, pick one that others can emulate. As you look at your strengths and try to decide on one to share, ask yourself: ‘What kind of example would I like to be?’”
  14. Give time for students to share their ideas.

Making Foundation Connections 

  1. What other foundations do your personal strengths speak of?
  2. What other foundations did you hear others’ strengths speaking of?

20 minutes

Materials