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This lesson plan helps students reflect on the meaning and characteristics of effective leadership and how to foster leadership qualities.

Day One

Students explore the meaning of leadership and attempt to characterize it by reflecting on personal experiences of effective leadership. They then learn about five theories of leadership, assess the strengths and weaknesses of each, and consider the extent to which these theories resonate with their own experiences.

Day Two

Students turn their attention to practical, contextual leadership. They watch short videos of U.S. Presidents, members of Congress, and fellow students reflecting on the real-world practice of leadership in different contexts. Finally, students consider the leadership characteristics they would like to embody and how best to foster those characteristics within themselves and others.

Extension Activities

Use these extension activities to extend the lesson and reinforce understanding.

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