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A Wiley Brand
10 Steps to Becoming
a Better Leader
THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE®
Seek opportunities to
take on a leadership
role.
1
The more you practice,
the better you’ll become.
2
Make speeches
and presentations.
Learn to be confident and
straightforward in what
you have to say.
Communicate your emotions
verbally and nonverbally.
Use...
3
Coach or captain a
team. Be a mentor.
Learn about the skills, interests, and
aspirations of others and enable them
to make the most of their talents.
Be respons...
4
Volunteer to lead
projects both on
campus and in
your community.
Engage in opportunities
to build and affirm shared
values that all can
embrace.
5
Record observations
about exemplary
leaders in a journal.
Notice how they
6
Read biographies and watch
videos of exemplary leaders
such as Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Gandhi.
Listen to their speeches.
Notice what leaders
do that makes them
successful.
7
Interview leaders you
admire and respect.
Ask for permission to observe
them in their day-to-day activities.
Identify what they do to
lead successfully.
Ask for the...
8
Take courses. Work with
teachers, mentors, and
coaches.
Continually seek out ways
to expand your knowledge
and skills in specific areas in
which you want to improve.
9
Develop a personal
action plan.
Use what you’ve learned
to create a concrete
action plan to help you
practice the behaviors
you admire in leaders.
10
Self-reflect.
Assess your development
and ask others for feedback
on your leadership skills.
Adapted from The Student Leadership Challenge Student Leadership Planner: An Action Guide to Achieving Your Personal Best,...
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Any student or young person can be a leader, regardless of age or experience. Here are 10 tips students can use to become a better leader.

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10 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader

  1. A Wiley Brand 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader THE STUDENT LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE®
  2. Seek opportunities to take on a leadership role. 1
  3. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.
  4. 2 Make speeches and presentations.
  5. Learn to be confident and straightforward in what you have to say. Communicate your emotions verbally and nonverbally. Use concrete examples.
  6. 3 Coach or captain a team. Be a mentor.
  7. Learn about the skills, interests, and aspirations of others and enable them to make the most of their talents. Be responsive and express confidence in others’ abilities to make good choices, back them up when they make mistakes, and support their decisions.
  8. 4 Volunteer to lead projects both on campus and in your community.
  9. Engage in opportunities to build and affirm shared values that all can embrace.
  10. 5 Record observations about exemplary leaders in a journal.
  11. Notice how they
  12. 6 Read biographies and watch videos of exemplary leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.
  13. Listen to their speeches. Notice what leaders do that makes them successful.
  14. 7 Interview leaders you admire and respect.
  15. Ask for permission to observe them in their day-to-day activities. Identify what they do to lead successfully. Ask for their advice.
  16. 8 Take courses. Work with teachers, mentors, and coaches.
  17. Continually seek out ways to expand your knowledge and skills in specific areas in which you want to improve.
  18. 9 Develop a personal action plan.
  19. Use what you’ve learned to create a concrete action plan to help you practice the behaviors you admire in leaders.
  20. 10 Self-reflect.
  21. Assess your development and ask others for feedback on your leadership skills.
  22. Adapted from The Student Leadership Challenge Student Leadership Planner: An Action Guide to Achieving Your Personal Best, copyright ©2006 by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. The Leadership Challenge®, The Student Leadership Challenge®, and The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® are registered trademarks of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The associated icons are copyright ©2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. www.studentleadershipchallenge.com/assess BECOME A BETTER LEADER TODAY

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