As most of you know, Project TEAM is built around 6 foundations: Helping Others, Resiliency, Problem Solving, Anti-Bullying, Positive Change, and Leadership. For the month of January, we are going to focus on leadership and how to build that foundation in every student.
Leadership is fun and important because it is a combination of all the foundations, which enables students to be successful. Understanding each aspect of leadership is how our students can find their strengths and play to them. Let’s go through each of the foundations and how it relates to leadership:
Leaders need to have skills such as empathy, compassion and kindness. The strongest leaders are those that inspire others through encouragement instead of demands. Harper’s lesson plans help students see the need to understand each other, be there for each other and build each other up.
Getting back up after a failure is one of the most important habits of leaders. True leaders take risks knowing they have the ability to look at what went wrong and to bounce back and try again. This may seem like a really tough lesson for young kids, but the “bouncy ball” symbol helps them to grasp this concept.
This may seem like a given for natural leaders. They are able to look at a problem and push through to find a solution. Strong leaders are also able to make compromises that are fair for everyone involved. Philo teaches students how to be open-minded when it comes to solving problems. Students should be able to do and see this in class every day.
Many times movies and TV shows can portray the bully as a leader who has a bunch of kids around them who are influenced by the bully. We need to emphasize to students that true leadership means you respect ALL team members and leading by bullying will not end in success. Leaders gain respect by celebrating differences instead of putting others down for differences.
One downplayed characteristic of all good leaders is humility. It’s recognizing that sometimes we didn’t do as well as we should and we need to make a change. Encourage your students to realize that all people need to make a positive change at some point.
The symbol for Lamar and leadership is a muscle. This signifies personal strength. Showing students that we all have different strengths makes for a stronger overall team. It’s never too early to begin sharing these ideas with students. What activities do you do that build leadership in your school or classroom?