How will you help your students grow the skills necessary for positively leading and influencing others? While conferences and one-time leadership experiences provide a springboard for student growth and development they do not suffice as the only growth experience prepare your students with the skills they need to lead and influence in the 21st century. Meaningful growth and improvement happens over time – not in one or two days!
This post offers a basic personal growth plan template to use with your students. Here’s how to use it effectively:
- Offer students a meaningful leadership experience. This may be achieved through a service-learning event, participating in a workshop/seminar, participation in a student organization, etc.
- After students complete an experience encourage them to reflect and identify areas for growth.
- Provide students with a copy of the personal growth plan template and work with them to complete the template.
- Mentor and meet with the student as they work to achieve the goals stated in their plan.
Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit. – Conrad Hilton, Hotel Executive.
Leadership Development Tip for 10.2.08