Leadership & innovation—the power of you!
Objective: To recognize and define the qualities of people whom we consider as role models or leaders.
Discussion: Go through the list of character traits on the site and discuss each question together as a class. Ask students which they think are the most important qualities in a leader, and why.
Discussion: Have students break into small groups and discuss with each other the leader they selected, why they respect this person, and his or her leadership qualities.
Assist students in understanding the definition of critical—both its positive and negative connotations. Have students write the word “constructive” beside the word “criticism” within the arrow in the diagram. Explain how constructive criticism can lead to people coming up with new ideas, and putting those ideas into action (innovation). Discuss some examples of this cycle. For example, if you look at a large stereo system, the criticism of it would be that it is not portable; the idea for how to improve it would be to make it smaller and portable; the innovation would be the portable boom box. Discuss how the continuation of this process has led to the creation of MP3 players. See if the class can come up with another example or two of something that needs or needed improving, and take it through the three steps.