Themes » Leadership

How it works

  1. Read the articles
  2. Check out the stories, quizzes and reflections
  3. Train yourself with the accompanying skills
  4. Take action!

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others” – John Maxwell (american author)

Leadership can be of different styles: autocratic (leader has a lot of power); charismatic (leader’s self-image draws people); managerial (leader focuses on day-to-day operations and works with others to complete tasks); democratic (leaders shares ideas and equal status of all, but retains decision-making powers); collaborative (leader involves everyone and decentralises decision-making). You can be a leader in a lot of different ways and in a lot of different situations – not everyone is a leader all the time!

Being a leader means you will grow and work on your personal development, but it also means that you have the possibility of making a real difference in your community and inspiring others to contribute to making a change. Strong leaders help their team members to continuously remember the vision and mission so that they feel inspired and committed.

Tips for a good leader;

  • Good leaders are focused; they have a vision which they share with others, and they encourage others to see that vision and how it can help the community in the long run.

  • Good leaders show initiative; they are pro-active and see problems and work out a solution with the team

  • Leaders do not demand or dictate, they motivate other people to work with them

  • Good leaders are responsible; they do not take on the task alone, but rather share the task with their team

  • Good leaders know their strengths and acknowledge their weaknesses

  • Good leaders offer suggestions rather than make complaints, they see problems as a space to grow and develop and learn new things

  • Good leaders apologise when they do something wrong and outline how they intend to learn from their mistakes

  • Good leaders are not afraid to ask others for advice

  • Good leaders invite and consider the views of those who might disagree with them

There is not one profile to being a leader. Everyone can become a leader and there are a lot of different styles to perform leadership!


You practice!

Which words represent leadership to you?

  • Intelligent

  • Courageous

  • Persuasive

  • Skilful

  • Cheerful

  • Reverent

  • Powerful

  • Trustworthy

  • Loyal

  • Helpful

  • Thrifty

  • Clean

  • Friendly

  • Courteous

  • Kind

  • Obedient

  • Brave

  • Motivator

In this course we will explore:

  • Personal leadership

  • Qualities of a leader

  • Persons you admire