Leadership Teacher Resources

Student leadership may be considered a 21st-century skill, but leadership skills never go out of style. Our Lesson Planet teacher team has curated, reviewed, and rated high-quality resources for you to teach the youth of today how to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Start leadership lessons early with a kindergarten lesson on how to be a good leader in the classroom. A unit on leadership and team-building is inspiring for elementary and secondary students alike, and a teen leadership course fosters goal-setting skills and time management for high schoolers.

Take a note from historical leaders with a lesson that analyzes the leadership qualities of various presidents, or an activity that divides past administrations into four leadership types. Older learners will appreciate a video that outlines the complex leadership positions in Congress.

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A Job Fit for a King—Martin Luther King, Jr.

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The third Monday in January marks the day that we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy he left behind. His leadership and commitment to the civil rights movement will never be forgotten. Celebrate his achievements,...
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EngageNY Grade 10 ELA: Module 4, Unit 3

For Teachers 10th Standards
Machiavelli's The Prince challenges readers to ponder the role of leadership and to consider the qualities that make a good ruler. After a close reading and discussion of Machiavelli's ideas, the five-lesson unit concludes with class...
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Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson unit looks at the United States Civil War. In the first lesson, high schoolers analyze primary source materials to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies at the beginning of the war. The...
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The Successful Student

For Teachers 6th - 8th
What's the key to a successful student? Knowing learning styles and tapping into what makes them click. Use this collection to motivate your class to become the best students they can be!
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Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators - Middle School Edition

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Rather than just talking about giving peace a chance, with the 15 resources in this collection middle schoolers learn the skills they need to become peace builders. The lessons were developed by the United States Institute of Peace...
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Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators - High School Edition

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Established by Congress, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is a nonpartisan institution whose goal is to "increase the nation's capacity to manage international conflict without violence." The 15 USIP resources in the...
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Dealing with Dilemmas: Upstanders, Bystanders and Whistle-Blowers

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
There are upstanders, bystanders, and whistle-blowers when it comes to dealing with dilemmas. The four lessons in this unit module ask young scholars to think about injustice and how to resolve difficult situations. Learners research...
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Leadership Activities

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Implementing culture change within an existing organization begins with effective leadership. Scholars explore organizational leadership by reading and discussing case studies about nursing homes. They also write personal mission...
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Leadership

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Do your learners have what it takes to be good team leaders? Introduce them to the all-important mangagement skill of leadership. Discussed are the styles and etiquette, as well as the pros and cons of being in a leadership possition. 
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Leadership

For Teachers 10th - 12th
We want to encourage our young scholars to show leadership in their endeavors. A character-building activity prompts your scholars to design a new strategy or adapt a skill for a sport in your PE class. They are graded according to the...
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A Leadership Chart

For Teachers K - 2nd
It's important for children to understand how they fit into their local or social community. They discuss leadership and who exemplifies a leader in their family, community, and school. Each child will create a quilt square by...
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Exploring George Washington's Leadership

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners examine primary documents to determine whether or not George Washington was an honest leader. In this presidential history lesson, students evaluate Washington's leadership prior to and during his presidency. Guided reading...
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Activity: Exploring the Four Leadership Styles

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa were some of the greatest leaders of all time; what made them so great? Scholars discover the qualities of effective leaders using teen leadership activities. Learners complete an...
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What is Leadership?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewLaunch a study of leadership with a lesson plan that first asks class members to brainstorm a list of words that they associate with leadership. They follow a gallery format, walk around the room, and post one adjective that describes...
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Leadership Styles

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewTo open a lesson on leadership, class groups plan for, shop for, and assigning responsibilities for an after school picnic, all in 20 minutes. After the activity, pupils consider the process they used to try to accomplish the task....
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The Battle of Stones River: A Contrast in Leadership Styles

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewUS Commanding General William S. Rosecrans led the Union soldiers and Confederate Commanding General Braxton Bragg led the rebel army at the Battle of Stones River. Young historians compare how the leadership styles of these two...
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The Ingredients of My Leadership and Serving Up the Ultimate Leader

For Teachers 5th - 9th
What qualities make a good leader? The activities in this packet are designed for a convention of recognized school leaders but could easily be adapted to any classroom. Groups generate a list of qualities they believe are essential for...
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Personal Growth and the Personal Leadership Inventory

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What are employers looking for in prospective employees? Career-minded high schoolers examine their strongest technical skills as well as important 21st century skills, including leadership, empathy, clear communication, working well...
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That's a Chop!: Developing Leadership Trough Teamwork

For Teachers 7th - 12th
"The more trusted people feel, the better they innovate." To conclude a series of activities designed for a leadership seminar, participants engage in a trust building activity.
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How to Find Your Leadership Style: Crash Course Business - Soft Skills #14

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Leaders run the gamut from Mahatma Gandhi to Adolf Hitler. Using the 14th video from the Crash Course Business - Soft Skills series, viewers discover their personal leadership styles. They also explore how leaders play an important part...
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Leadership: Leading Off

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore leadership skills. In this leadership lesson, students examine leadership styles as they reflect on controversies and celebrations in American baseball. Students discuss the attributes of positive and ethical leaders.
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Unlock Your Leadership Potential: A Leadership Project Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th
New ReviewThe 359-page guide is designed to help high schoolers develop their leadership skills. Class members generate a list of leadership characteristics, research outstanding leaders, consider their own leadership style, and practice...
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Learn About Leadership

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
Sir Peter Blake was an award-winning New Zealand yachtsman who was killed by pirates in 2001. Scholars learn about his leadership qualities in a fun lesson that combines games, writing, and discussion. Pupils also reflect on ideas of...
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Leadership 101

For Teachers 7th
New ReviewA four-week leadership class is designed to help scholars develop the skills they need to become effective leaders. Pupils study the habits of highly effective people and apply these concepts to leadership. They investigate paradigm...