Leadership Skills Development

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Course Description:
What does it take to be a leader? God has created each of us with the ability to influence and lead others in a way that glorifies Him while taking responsibility for our own choices and goals. In Leadership Skills Development, students will acquire new power to succeed in high school, college, and life. Students will learn how to manage their time by staying in the Lasting Zone, chart their goals by creating a North Star, and take action by pressing their Turbo Button. These and many other proven leadership techniques have been developed by Mawi Learning, a leadership training organization that has worked with more than one million students.

There are many courses that teach students time management, goal-setting, and other leadership techniques. Leadership Skills Development is different. Because leadership is more than a position of power, various biblical and theological ideas are integrated throughout the course. Students don’t just get advice on how to achieve influence and make a difference. This course teaches students to become servant leaders who see that other people’s needs are met. Rather than acquiring power and hoarding it, servant leaders share power with others. They focus on the growth and well-being of others and help others to develop and perform at their best. In short, students learn to lead from a biblical worldview. Whether students are struggling or already at the top of their game, Leadership Skills Development will give them new power to be a different kind of leader and make a real difference in their world.

Recommended Prerequisites:
None.

Grade Level:
9th – 12th Grade recommended

Course Types Available:

  • 1 Credit – Full course (1 credit, 12 weeks minimum / 12 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 1st semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)
  • ½ Credit – 2nd semester only (0.5 credits, 6 weeks minimum / 6 months maximum)

Biblical Integration Information:

  1. Creation: Leadership is found in the very first chapters of the Bible. God created Adam as the first leader. Even before we meet Eve in Genesis 2, Adam was a leader over all of creation, to rule over and subdue it (Gen. 1:28). He was given responsibilities: he was to take care of the garden and name all the animals (Gen. 1:15, 19). After Eve was created, Adam was called to serve and lead his family, thinking of Eve first and putting her welfare before that of any other (Gen. 2:24). This “servant leadership” was God’s original intent for Adam and for all leaders.
  2. Fall: Unfortunately, it didn’t take long before Adam failed his first test as a servant leader. Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the garden resulted in human sinfulness, God’s judgment, and death (e.g., Gen. 3:14—4:16; Rom. 5:12–21). Adam’s leadership was distorted by sin.  Leaders are supposed to keep a goal, an objective, before their followers. He lost sight of the ultimate goal, which was to serve God. Instead, he gave into his own desires, failing to carry out his divinely ordained responsibilities. Rather than guarding and caring for his wife in the role of a servant leader, he now led with his own sinful, distorted desire to “rule over” Eve (see Gen. 3:16). Their relationship would be an ongoing struggle.

    Not only Adam & Eve’s relationship, but all human relationships have been permanently damaged by sin. This includes the relationships between leaders and their followers. Many leaders believe that a position of leadership grants them the right to mistreat others and to seek their own glory and honor. We even see a version of this in the Garden of Eden, with Adam pointing his finger at Eve and blaming her for their (mutual) sin (Gen. 3:12). Rather than a servant leader, we see in Adam a self-centered leader. Besides Adam, we see many other examples of bad leaders throughout the Bible. They will be highlighted as appropriate throughout the course.

  3. Redemption: Thankfully, God is in the business of redeeming sinful humans and their flawed views of what it means to be a leader. We see examples of servant leaders throughout the Bible, but especially in Christ Himself, “who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father” (Gal. 1:4). He thought of others rather than Himself and kept His focus on the greater good, the glory of God the Father. Rather than self-centered leaders, we are called to have the humility of Christ:
    3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (Phil. 2:3-4).

    This is the type of servant leader each of us is called to be, no matter who or where we lead.

Required Purchased Materials:
None.