Theories of leadership can be taught and memorized, but leader development is entirely different. In order to lead and inspire others to follow their path, young leaders must first determine their values and priorities for social change, and build off their strengths that will help accomplish those priority goals.
The ICL Leadership course focuses around taking action by setting goals and creating a strategy, and executing projects. In the process students learn about Character, Grit, Resilience, Empathy, Communication and Tolerance.
The ICL Leadership Curriculum Focuses on Teaching Students Several Principles and Skill-sets:
- Defining Leadership
- Overcoming Challenges
- Leadership Preferences & Styles
- Understanding Sustainable Service
- Becoming a Social Entrepreneur
- Promotion & Recognition of Initiatives
- Status & Assessment
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Effective Communication
- Delivering a Message
Participants Engage in and Focus on the Following Activities and Practices:
- What is a leader – we define the complex (and broad) terminology to better understand what a leader is and does.
- Identity – It is important to adopt the identity of a leader so as to lead oneself and others effectively.
- What it means to contribute – People worry too much about making a HUGE contribution and this prevents them from making smaller contributions. The irony is that the small contribution could be a HUGE contribution to someone else.
- Reflection – experience needs to be reflected on in order to teach. Reflection also helps people understand their own values and where they want to lead.
- Presentation skills
- Goal Setting
- Project Planning
All students are expected to work on a service project. The program is designed and delivered to allow participants to apply the many skills towards making those projects happen. The range of past service projects, which each student presents to their peers, is diverse and included topics on the environment included reforestation efforts and encouraging composting in their schools to helping other people through clothing drives, providing a youth peer support group, and educating young children away from gang