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ERIC Number: EJ1221650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Let's Unleash Talent Development for Leadership in Gifted Learners
Chandler, Jean
Parenting for High Potential, v8 n2 p6-9 Jun 2019
While it's acknowledged that some children demonstrate giftedness in leadership and social domains, it's still one area often overlooked by educators and parents. Literature on leadership has been geared mostly toward adults, not children. What does exist for student leadership has been typically organized around situations that focus on adapting to a task, job, or role of influence. In "Re-Forming Gifted Education", Karen Rogers examined the five research-based gifted profiles from the U.S. Office of Education (intellectual, academic, creative, leadership, artistic). Within the leadership and psychosocial domain, Rogers found certain characteristics to be most often present in gifted individuals than in the general population. According to Rogers, "social leaders" exhibit these behaviors: (1) Backwards Planning; (2) Scanning; (3) Need to Achieve; (4) Social Cognition; (5) Emotional Stability; and (6) Perspective Taking. What's important for educators and parents to note is that leadership skills can be developed over time, similar to how we might nurture potential in an academic or athletic domain. Recent research supports that effective leaders possess a set of observable, learnable practices that can change over time and these skills can be developed and nurtured through leadership opportunities and practice. Parents, teachers, and other concerned adults can make a difference if they identify gifted leadership potential in the students and develop programs to nurture this neglected talent. This article describes two program gaining momentum in districts and schools around the world. the first one is called "The Leader in Me" (www.leaderinme. org), and is a whole-school philosophy of instilling leadership skills in all children. Based on the work of Dr. Stephen Covey, researcher and author of numerous self-help and leadership books, the Leader in Me offers a framework and tools to help students set and track personal goals as budding leaders at school and home. Also a second leadership curriculum framework for high-ability students developed by Joyce VanTassel-Baska and Linda Avery in 2014 is described. "Changing Tomorrow" provides lesson plans for fostering leadership skills in elementary, middle school, and high school students. It is built on the belief that educators need to rethink elements of their curricula to include a formalized leadership development initiative in order to best serve the interests of academically gifted and talented learners. Leadership is one of the most essential of human talents and must not be neglected in young people. Our gifted youth of today have the potential to play a proactive and meaningful role in affecting key changes in policies and procedures to create new realities for their schools, homes, and communities
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A