To explore what kind of leaders students want to be and how they will use their soft skills in the future.
- Reflective about personal purpose and values
- Understanding different ideas about leadership
- Recognizing own strengths and areas for development
- Desire to be engaged and active on issues and in communities
Flipchart paper and colored pens
1. Divide the class into groups of 5 or 6 people
2. Introduce the activity by explaining that good leaders are believed to have particular attributes in respect of their Head, Heart, and Hands – in other words, their Knowledge, Values, and Skills.
3. Each group is to draw an outline of a LEADER. Working together, participants quickly brainstorm attributes and life skills needed for a GOOD LEADER. They will be drawing and writing these on their flipchart as follows:
- Head: knowledge and thinking skills needed to lead well
- Heart: values, principles, and beliefs
- Hands: practical skills
4. Once all groups are finished, invite participants to walk around the room to look at the other groups’ drawings. Open up a discussion with the group asking some of the following questions:
- Were most of the drawings similar? Why/Why not?
- Was it hard to think of the different attributes? Which was hardest, Head, Hands, or Heart? Why?
- Are there any particular soft skills that seem essential – that maybe feature on all of the drawings? Why do people feel these are the most important?
- What do you think it means to be a leader in everyday life?
- Why are values and principles important in leadership?
To close, ask participants to think about the key life skills and attributes that have been identified.
- Of these life skills and attributes, which do you think you have, which do you think you need or would like to develop?
- What kind of leader do you want to be?
- What will your leadership in everyday life look like?