There are many experiments on conformity that have been carried out from a psychological perspective. According to certain studies, people conform readily because of two main reasons: they don’t want to be ridiculed or they don’t want to be thought of as being strange. Social proof and peer pressure can lead to situations where young people feel the need to conform, this project will identify and help develop leadership skills in order to give young people autonomy and the confidence to make better decisions.
Aim of the project
The aim of the Leadership project is to develop and enhance young people’s leadership skills. Some of the feedback that has been received from The Identity Project so far is that the students’ leadership skills have started to develop through both 1:1 coaching and classroom taught sessions. By the admission of some of the students who were on the project, once their attitude to learning changed it had a positive impact not only on themselves but also on the other students in the classroom.
Developing a young persons’ leadership skills enables them to become more confident, more effective communicators and better decision makers. This will have a knock-on effect with not only their attainment levels in school but also their relationships at home too.
UNIT ONE – What is Leadership?
Not everyone within a group can take on the leader role, typically there is normally one leader within a group situation. However, there are many leadership qualities that we have as individuals that we are able to look at and harness so that we have more of an internal compass and locus of control. We can use our leadership qualities within our own lives and in different types of situations.
UNIT TWO – Working together (Building a tower)
Working in a team requires different skills. Break down what skills were needed.
What learning could they take away?
Understanding the dynamics of a team.
UNIT THREE – Survival Tactics!
In the end, ask the leader to make a presentation about the whole process, mentioning how the different members of the group behaved.
UNIT FOUR – SWOT Analysis
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
UNIT FIVE – Listening Skills
If you listen to someone, you can hear everything they say as well as the things that they don’t. Listening exercise. What is the person saying? What are they not saying? What assumptions are being made by you? What are you thinking as you were listening? What judgements are being made?
UNIT SIX – Understand how to ask impactful, simple questions.
To be an effective leader, knowing how to ask impactful questions is important. There is a saying that goes ‘the quality of a persons’ answer is dependent upon the quality of the question’. Questions do not need to be complicated, in fact sometimes the simpler the question the more effective it is.
We use questions to gain new information, dig deeper in conversations and even to encourage people to find their own answers. Questions are not only a powerful tool to use with others but also with ourselves too.
The 5 W’s and a H.
UNIT SEVEN – Understand the importance of providing effective feedback.
Communication skills – ability to give feedback
Learning about feedback styles and how to give feedback effectively. Identifying the difference between empowering and disempowering feedback.
UNIT EIGHT – Know how to decrease and avoid conflict.
Learning conflict resolution techniques. Using listening and questioning skills to resolve a pre prepared conflict.
UNIT NINE – Debating skills
Know how to construct an argument and create relevant questions in preparation for a debate.
For, against and questioners.
UNIT TEN – Practical debate
Be able to participate in a debate and provide constructive feedback to the opposing team.
Provide constructive feedback for the 3 teams:
Think about the positive feedback, any areas of improvement (remember to use one of the feedback models that you have learnt)
UNIT ELEVEN – Practical debate follow-on
Leaders are able to exhibit a strong sense of what is right and wrong. We are creatures driven by our own moral compass.
What are values?
What are morals?