Leadership Activity Ideas
If we are trying to simulate conditions of the real world outside, through activities, they need to be well-designed. Essentially, most problems that students will face, when they venture out, are going to be people problems.
Being a leader is all about understanding the people around you and bringing out the best in your team. So, the activities mentioned here are focused on developing communication skills, team building skills, time management skills and finally, skills of planning and executing strategy.
For Middle School Students
Here are some activities for students in middle school, focused on molding their personalities and letting them have a lot of fun in the process.
Firstly, have a discussion about what leadership means in class and ask students to research on American or world leaders. Hold an essay contest about 'My Favorite Leader' or 'My Role Model'. Make it compulsory that they must justify their choice. Let the best essay be read in the class.
Hold an extempore speech contest, wherein, various topics that deal with contemporary issues are talked about. Let children be given sufficient time to prepare themselves.
After every speech, let there be a question and answer session about the topic, where the student who's speaking, justifies his take on the issue. Grade students on the basis of how well they articulate their thoughts and how well are they able to answer questions hurled at them.
For High School Students
Hold a debate contest in the class. Divide the whole class in teams of four, out of which, two argue for, and two argue against an idea. Give them adequate time for research and preparation. Let the topics be contentious issues of national importance, which will force them to read, research, and think.
Create small groups in class and ask them to come up with ideas to sell a product of their own. In short, ask each team to come up with a business plan. Ask them to make a presentation of their complete business plan in class. Grade them on the basis of originality and planning.
Then, let them actually run the business for some days, in the school itself. After an adequate time of enterprise, let them share their experiences about the business in class.
For College Students
Students in college are at the apex of their educational journey. The activities for them, need to be more reflective of real world and challenging enough. Here are some ideas.
Run a Campus Newspaper/Periodical
Select students to run a campus paper. Choose editors and reporters for the same, through a contest. Let the periodical cover all the happenings in and around the college. Provide them with the requisite publishing and research facilities.
Teachers need to take up the roles of facilitators, who learn along with the students through these activities. With every experience that you have from these activities, you can improve them for the future batches that come under your instruction.