Activity – 8th Grade – Lamar

Unlock Your Leadership Potential


*Prior to starting the lesson, use the Key Cut-Out Template to cut out 6 keys for each student.

  1. Review Leadership from Mini-Lesson 1.
  2. Hand out 6 cut out keys to each student.
  3. Instruct students to lay their keys out in front of them facing up.
  4. Instruct students to write the name of one of the foundations on the larger round part on each of the keys so all 6 are represented.
  5. Review the definition of intention. Remind students that acting with intention is very important. Instruct students to review the word they wrote on their door.
  6. Write this sentence on the board, I intend to reach my leadership potential by using the key foundation of ____________________ to …
  7. Instruct students to commit to an action for each key foundation. For example, on the Anti-bullying key a student might write, “be a role model for how to treat new students. Be approachable, kind, honest, and help provide answers before questions are even asked.” Another example on the Problem Solving key a student might write “realize the power of an I message. I will stand up for myself and others when needed and I will commit to being open-minded when I don’t have all of the answers.”
  8. Have students complete a statement for all 6 keys. Allow about 10 minutes.
  9. If time allows, have a few students share what they wrote on their keys.
  10. Ask the students, “Which foundation was the easiest for you to complete?” The most difficult?”
  11. Instruct students to glue their keys onto the bottom portion of the door and hang them in a designated spot in the room. Allow students a few moments to read what everyone wrote.
  12. Remind students of the quote “What you think about, you bring about.” Tell them their intentions as a leader are evident in not just what they say but also what they do. The more intentional we are as leaders, the more people, neighborhoods, and communities we impact!

Facilitator Connections

  • The foundations that were easier can speak to what the student’s values are. The foundations that were most difficult can speak to a discomfort or lack of experience with a foundation. Connect for students that these could and should be ones they work on.
  • Identifying intentional leadership behaviors creates a proactive approach to leadership which is what Project TEAM is all about.

20 minutes


  • Key Cut-Out Template
  • Students’ individual doors from Mini-lesson 1
  • Pens, pencils, markers, and crayons
  • Whiteboard and marker/chalkboard and chalk
  • Glue sticks or bottles of glue