Developing Leadership Skills

This week’s chat began by defining exactly what leadership is and then the chat turned to teaching leadership skills in school for gifted students. Opportunities outside of school were also discussed. A full transcript available.

Leadership by one definition is the exceptional capability or potential to influence and empower people. It can be demonstrated by an advanced level on performance assessments at the ninety-fifth percentile and above on standardized leadership tests. Some of the characteristics of leadership include curiosity, flexibility, persistence and hope.

It has been found that it is important to teach leadership skills. These skills can assist in self-esteem, decision making and developing critical thinking. They help prepare students for careers where responsible and positive leadership is essential.

Ways in which educators can incorporate leadership training into their curriculum include using science classes to present opportunities for critical thinking, analysis and creative problem solving. Teachers can also include biographies of great leaders in their LA curriculum to read and discuss. Students can learn leadership skills in humanity classes by preparing well-researched ideas in speeches and written reports. Summer classes can be a time to explore interests and allow students to engage in areas not available during school sessions.

Where can students find opportunities to develop leadership skills outside the classroom? Extracurricular activities provide avenues for developing skills necessary to lead within group and team activities. Finding mentors who are community leaders can help promote leadership skills and allow them to develop naturally. Volunteering exposes students to opportunities to practice and model leadership skills while helping those in need.

Links:

Gifted Children Learn Leadership Skills

Leadership is a Must for Children Who are Gifted & Talented” (pdf)

Creating Opportunities to Develop Leadership Ability” from @DukeTIP

Leadership Development Program Fulfills Gifted Students’ Needs” from @TxGifted (pdf) #TAGT

Student Leadership Development through General Classroom Activities

Leadership Qualities

Developing Leadership Goals for Gifted Learners” (pdf)

Spring ISD Gifted and Talented Expo Showcases Student Projects” #TAGT

 TX LoneStar Leadership Academy 

Cybraryman’s Debate Page

Cybraryman’s Genius Hour Page

Cybraryman’s Leadership Page

Making Great Kids Greater: Easing the Burden of Being Gifted” Sisk (Amazon)

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Posted on July 16, 2013, in Critical Thinking, Education, gifted education and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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