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Make the best better! Leadership is building relationships, being a good role model, and helping others. Leaders build relationships, serve as a good role model, and help others. Leaders influence and support others in a positive manner for a shared goal. Leaders aren't just elected. Learning about yourself and how you work with others is a key part of developing leadership skills.

Leadership 1

In level 1, learn about the seven skill areas: understanding self, communicating, getting along with others, learning, making decisions, managing, and working in groups.

Leadership 2

In level 2, develop a positive self image, use technology to communicate, explore different ways of learning, practice making good decisions, and manage your resources.

Leadership 3 

In level 3, explore leadership styles, work with local media to showcase your club activities, and investigate community resources.

What's Leadership?

This CD contains activities designed to teach the basics of leadership in a group setting for ages 8–12, 13–18, and 8–18. The activities help youth identify and develop skills in seven areas of leadership.

  • learn to appreciate themselves
  • improve communication skills
  • learn how to get along with others
  • experience the benefits of learning
  • learn good decision making
  • learn how to manage time, money, and talents
  • learn to effectively work with groups

Step Up to Leadership 1

Intended to be taken as a club or group project.

  • identify good qualities in leaders
  • practice being a leader
  • learn to communicate without talking
  • plan, serve, and eat breakfast
  • make peace puppets

Step Up to Leadership 2

Intended to be taken as a club or group project.

  • explore leadership skills
  • learn communication skills
  • untangle a human knot

Step Up to Leadership 3

Intended to be taken as a club or group project.

  • learn about responsibility
  • influence others through effective communication
  • experience a trust walk and teamwork tightrope

Step Up to Leadership 4

Intended to be taken as a club or group project.

  • learn how to build relationships and partnerships
  • identify various leadership styles
  • learn to effectively handle an interview

Resources to help you learn

  • Skills You Never Outgrow 1
  • Skills You Never Outgrow 2
  • Skills You Never Outgrow 3
  • What's Leadership CD
  • Step Up to Leadership: Leadership Mentor Guide for Grades K–5
  • Step Up to Leadership 2: My Leadership Workbook
  • Step Up to Leadership 3: My Leadership Journal
  • Step Up to Leaderhsip 4: My Leadership Portfolio

State Faor Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 3 entries total from 50249, 50250, 50251, 50252; 2 entries from 50254; 1 entry from 50255.

50249    Leadership 1

Create a binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Build upon your previous year’s work. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50250    Leadership 2

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50251    Leadership 3

Building upon your previous work, continue adding to your binder portfolio with a minimum of four (4) completed activities each year from the areas noted below. Photocopies or original pages of the completed activities from the book should be included in the portfolio.

  • First Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Understanding Self; Communication; and Getting Along with Others, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Second Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Getting Along with Others; Learning to Learn; and Making Decisions, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.
  • Third Year – One activity from each of the following sections: Making Decisions; Managing; and Working with Groups, plus one of exhibitor’s choice from the manual.

50252    Leadership Innovation Class

Open to youth who were at least 13 years of age on 9/1/17 and are enrolled in Leadership. 

Demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have gained through the Leadership project. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project.  The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. Your exhibit should not fit in the other exhibit options for this project. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period.

50255    Leadership Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Leadership project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.

50254    Leadership Group

Open to clubs whose members are enrolled in What’s Leadership?

Exhibit a display illustrating how your group has used the 4-H Teens As Leaders model effectively in your club, community, school, or state. Leadership activities might include planning, advising, promoting, mentoring, teaching or advocating for change. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The display must be accompanied by 3 or more 4-H members at the time of the judge’s critique. Club members should make a 5- to 10-minute presentation to the judge. All club members present for the judge's critique should be able to discuss the project and answer questions. Only club members present for judging who participate in the actual critique and presentation are eligible for ribbons and premiums. Due to space limitations, exhibits are limited to 2’6” wide and 15” deep.