ERIC Number: EJ1012531
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Learning Leadership Skills in Middle School
Bowman, Richard F.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v86 n2 p59-63 2013
For middle school students, the essence of 21st-century leadership development is being "in influence" versus being "in control." A core student leadership skill involves listening intently to others, framing others' concerns, and advancing the other person's interests. Creating contexts in which middle school students feel a profound impulse to dialogue regarding common cause enables students to experience the dynamics of leadership development firsthand. In solving large-scale, intractable problems, the distinctive leadership trait of our nation's founders was not that of leaders-as-hero but rather that of leaders-as-hosts. The leadership lesson for middle school students as tomorrow's leaders is: it is time for all the heroes to go home.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Leadership Training, Skill Development, Leadership Styles, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Effectiveness, Group Dynamics, Learning Experience, Trust (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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