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Analyze Leadership Qualities

After each presentation, encourage classmates to compare the candidate's qualifications to the list of traits and characteristics the class has identified. After all candidates have been introduced, poll the class to see which of leaders they would most like to have in charge. Challenge students to explain why this candidate rose above the others.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, brainstorm a list of traits and characteristics that students think a leader should possess. Then create a list of local, national or international leaders.
  2. Examine the lists closely. Encourage students to identify traits many leaders share. Challenge them to identify combinations of traits that result in the most effective leaders.
  3. Instruct students to select one leader. As a class, in small groups or with a partner, have students conduct research to learn more about that person’s background.
  4. Instruct students to review they information they collected. Challenge them to list the top five reasons their candidate should be selected.
  5. Invite groups to present their candidates to the class.

ASSESSMENT:

After each presentation, encourage classmates to compare the candidate's qualifications to the list of traits and characteristics the class has identified. After all candidates have been introduced, poll the class to see which of leaders they would most like to have in charge. Challenge students to explain why this candidate rose above the others. 

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Conduct this as a class activity. Focus students’ attention on qualities that make a good leader. Explore the possibility that different situations might require different traits in order for someone to be an effective leader.

Grades 5-6:
Have students complete the activity in small groups. Tell them to identify reasons and cite specific examples that illustrate why the person they selected is a good leader. Challenge them to incorporate that information into a speech promoting their person’s leadership abilities. 

Grades 7-8:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Tell partners to identify reasons and cite specific examples that illustrate why the person they selected is a good leader. Challenge them to incorporate that information into a speech promoting their person’s leadership abilities.

Grades 9-10:
Have students complete the activity in pairs. Tell partners to identify reasons and cite specific examples that illustrate why the person they selected is a good leader. Challenge them to incorporate that information into a promotional campaign supporting that person for a “Leader of the Year” award. All campaigns must include a speech and two additional elements. Encourage students to be creative as they consider what those additional elements should be.