how learn to lead works
Learn to Lead is a comprehensive leadership program for middle and high school students who want to learn how to lead. Learn to Lead approaches the teaching and learning of leadership in much the same way we teach math or science--breaking complex concepts of leadership into understandable actions. Most schools and youth programs do not intentionally teach children how to lead. Students may engage in service projects but they are not actually taught the necessary leadership skills to be effective leaders. Intentionality is the missing link. Schools teach children how to do math and swing a bat. Teachers carefully plan the sequence of teaching algebra I-and-II and how each one developmentally leads to the next and prepares students for geometry. Coaches teach baseball skills such as fielding and trapping the ball. But, in the process of teaching we neglect to teach children the skills of how to lead. We expect that our students will somehow learn on their own what responsibility means and how to engage in responsible acts. We expect our young people to know how to stand up to domestic violence and bullying on their own. Some children will by chance, if they are lucky. But luck is not the way we want to assure our children’s future. Learn to Lead offers an intentional step-by-step process designed to teach how children can lead themselves and others.
The Leadership Rubric is based on Robert Carkhuff's Detractor to Leader Scale and Jeff Beedy and Steve Davis's Total Human Development Model (2002).