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Leadership is about supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a goal, and is a skill that is transferable across all aspects of life including school, college and work. The activities on this page help your students understand that being a leader means being proactive, being a good communicator, keeping a project on track and more – all traits that can aid success within their future careers.  

Teaching resources:

  • Leadership: Lesson plan and presentation slides - full lesson plan for use with a group of students in the classroom
  • Adaptability and leadership: Facebook live film - short film which can be used to start the lesson to provide an overview of the topic

Lesson plan

(25 - 45 minutes)

This lesson encourages students to explore the concept of leadership, its different styles and the importance of teamwork when being a leader. It also teaches students to be more inclusive of others when demonstrating leadership skills.

By the end of the lesson students will be able to:

  • Identify key leadership qualities
  • Give a wide variety of examples of leadership and recognise that anyone can be a leader
  • Understand the importance of teamwork as part of being a leader
  • Understand how to promote inclusivity whilst practising leadership skills in a classroom or workplace scenario

Facebook live film

(5 minutes)

Skip to 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the film to give your students an overview of leadership and why it is an important skill for school, college and work. The film can be used as a starter activity to give your class an outline of the wider learning in this lesson. This film has been adapted from a Facebook live session in partnership with education charity The Talent Foundry.

Continue developing your students’ leadership skills

After this lesson you might also complete the activities on  Communication an digital skills at work or  Building a positive online reputation. Why not build leadership skills as a focus into your wider curriculum? Refer to our Content guide to find out how LifeSkills resources can be used in PSHE, English lessons and much more.

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