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Lessons for Leaders A Solution for Every Problem Objective ■ Help student leaders craft appropriate responses to common problems Materials ■ Poster board ■ Sticky notes ■ Markers Time Required ■ One class period Procedure 1. Initiate an open discussion with students about the leadership problems they face on a daily basis. Is it difficult to acquire participation in charity events? Is it hard to acquire adequate funds to support activities? Is membership low, or is it a challenge to recruit new members? Are there problematic relationships between your group and other student groups? Compile a list of problems, and have students vote on the most pressing issue. 2. Help students compile the data they will need before brainstorming solutions. For example, if the problem is a lack of participation in events, recall the participation rate of your last group activity. Write the data on the board for reference. 26 LEADERSHIP FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES 3. Place students into groups of two or three to devise at least five viable solutions per group. Encourage creative freedom during this stage. Ask the groups to record each solution on a separate sticky note. 4. Randomly place the sticky notes on the banner paper, and ask students to help identify common threads among the solutions. Start sorting them on the paper based on loose similarities. Keep sorting until there is a visual distinction among the groups, and ask students to help name each group. Write each category name on the paper, placing relevant sticky notes under each theme heading. 5. Ask students to identify a winning theme based on the visual groupings. Retain the notes from that grouping, and discard the rest. Discussion Lead a group discussion based on the following questions: ■ What was the most difficult part of the problem-solving process? ■ How did the sorting process make it easier to identify a solution? ■ How likely is it that the proposed solutions will be effective? ■ How can students put their leadership plan into action? What are the next steps?

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - March 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

Editor's Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Rise to the Challenge
Shrink Your Credibility Gap
Ward off Compassion Fatigue
Middle Level Activities
Scholarships & Awards
Lessons for Leaders
Activites Exchange
Things to Do

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