ERIC Number: ED323689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership: Making Things Happen.
Sisk, Dorothy A.
This monograph presents activities and guidelines for developing leadership training programs for gifted and talented students. Three theories of leadership are discussed: trait theory which assumes that one is either born with leadership talent or one does not have it; leadership style theory in which the patterns of leadership are categorized as democratic, autocratic, and laissez-faire; and situational leadership in which individuals are seen as having leadership ability that can be observed in specific situations. An examination of the leadership literature and biographies of successful leaders reveals several characteristics: self-understanding, self-acceptance, self-awareness, verbal effectiveness, listening, predicting skills, decision-making skills, and creative problem solving. Specific leadership activities are presented, identified by grade levels. Bibliotherapy is presented as a method of developing communication skills and stimulating self-awareness. Two stories are used to demonstrate the use of bibliotherapy--"The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein and "The Fall of Freddie the Leaf" by Leo Buscaglia. Simulation is discussed as another tool to develop leadership, with a description of a sample simulation game called Planet Nova, in which students colonize a new planet and affect its growth. Includes 17 references. (JDD)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Bibliotherapy, Communication Skills, Educational Games, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Individual Characteristics, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, Self Concept, Simulation, Student Characteristics, Student Leadership, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN. Gifted Education Resource Inst.; Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Office of Gifted and Talented Education.
Note: A monograph prepared for the Leadership Accessing Program.