leadership in life


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


30 minutes


Flipchart paper and colored pens


  • Self-Reflection
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Purpose


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.

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