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Choosing Your Approach to Youth Leadership Values Training

Six Methods of Teaching Values

In researching this website, Youth Leadership Values Training, we identified six methods of teaching values that were used at Old Kia Kima over the years. The methods are outlined below. Note that you can click on each bulleted point to review a thumbnail description of each of these six methods. As you review them, you might think about incorporating at least some or perhaps all of these methods as you develop Action Plans for implementing your own Youth Leadership Values Training initiatives.

Example Values Training Programs

Also, to help you get started, we have developed some example values training programs you may want to consider using which are matched up with the six Leadership Values Training methods outlined and highlighted below. Our goal is to provide an example of each of these six methods to help you develop ideas and Action Plans for implementing your own Youth Leadership Values Training initiatives. So, if you prefer you can also look here to preview currently available example values training programs developed by Old Kia Kima, which match up with each of these six methods of teaching values listed below.

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  1. Teaching Values by Role Model Example

    • Example Values Training Program - future development

  1. Using Stories, Skits & Songs to Communicate Values

    • Example Values Training Program - future development

  1. Identifying Hero Examples to Teach Values

    • Example Values Training Program - future development

  1. Leading Informal Small Group Values Discussions

  1. Values Taught via Challenging Outdoor Activities

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  1. Choosing Mentors to Nurture and Tutor Values

Please refer to this website, Youth Leadership Values Training, for the complete text outlining each of these six approaches used historically at Old Kia Kima, both formally and informally, to teach the Leadership Values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage.

Three Postulates for Approaching Youth Leadership Values Training

These three postulates form the conceptual basis for our model for Youth Leadership Values Training initiatives. This conceptual framework is presented in this website, Youth Leadership Values Training, in the form of graphic illustrations to aid the reader’s understanding.

  1. Although there are many Personality Characteristics that are important for emphasis in a Leadership Values Training Initiative;

    • These four Personality Characteristics of +Self-Esteem, +Self-Confidence, +Attitude of Expectations, and +Moral/Ethical Life’s View are crucial, and must be further developed as a foundation from which key Youth Leadership Values can grow and flourish.

  2. Although there are many other Values that have an important supporting role for emphasis in a Leadership Values Training Initiative;

    • These four Leadership Values of Integrity, Achievement, Responsibility, and Courage, represent the cornerstones that anchor a successful program of Leadership Values Training, especially when they are modeled, taught and developed, in context with the key Personality Characteristics.

  3. By establishing this conceptual framework consisting of a matrix of Four Leadership Development Quadrants within which the Personality Characteristics and Leadership Values interact;

    • Each participant can have a personal profile of the interplay of development progress with both the Personality Characteristics and the Leadership Values, thus receiving the benefit of individualized training attention.

The Integrated Leadership Education "Multiplier" in a Well Coordinated Youth Leadership Values Training Initiative

“Integrated Leadership Education implies that youth leadership experiences are connected to nearly everything they do. By incorporating leadership concepts across academic curriculum, in service projects, through daily discussion, with school-to-career initiatives and in community activities, youth are exposed to the wide range of positive possibilities related to being a leader (or taking on leadership roles). ”

Mariam MacGregor, (2005) Designing Student Leadership Programs: Transforming the Leadership Potential of Youth

It is the sum of all experiences that affect the development of Youth Leadership Skills, some perhaps more than others but all to varying degrees. This view makes sense of what is otherwise a fragmented process. By integrating your Youth Leadership Values Training with other activities that our youth are typically involved in, we multiply the lessons learned via a well coordinated initiative.

Leadership Values Leadership Skills

The Case for Integrated Leadership Education

The focus of this website, Youth Leadership Values Training, is on Leadership Values as they enhance the quality of the outcome of applying the Skills of effective leadership. The two are very much interrelated, and our youth need help developing an abundance of both to become effective leaders.

While addressing leadership skills are very germane to the leadership development needs of our youth, it was beyond the current scope of this website, and therefore we have left it as a topic to be explored more thoroughly at a future date. However, because the two needs for Leadership Values and Leadership Skills come together in the application of leadership behavior, the reality is that to address one gives rise to the need to address both ends of this leadership development spectrum. The good news is that there is an abundant source of good books and articles dedicated exclusively to the topic of “Leadership” and requisite Leadership Skills.

This leads us to the case for Integrated Leadership Education, because you have in your community a significant number of allies and a variety of youth programs and organizations that address the need to develop Leadership skills/values. I have shared in this website that this was an important “aha!” to come out of researching the variety of methods of Values and Character Education. We clearly need to take a holistic approach that recognizes a variety of related initiatives with a synergistic effect on the total outcome of Youth Leadership Skills and Values Development. When we do our part, also insuring that our youth are engaged in multiple opportunities, they are able to maximize their Leadership development for both Values and Skills.