Course Description

The central theme of the course is “Inside-Out Leadership,” as it relates to the power of living and leading from the inside (internally and privately) to the outside (externally and publicly). The primary text is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey. Units of study also include advocacy, negotiation, and avoiding and overcoming addictive behaviors. Various biographies of male and female leaders from different disciplines will be introduced and studied during the course. In addition, students participate in simulations, service, and field learning activities to apply leadership principles and learn from mentor leaders in the community.

Course Details

Principles of Leadership

Ninth Grade
Tenth Grade
Eleventh Grade

Course Objectives

  • Understand and apply the principles of “Inside-Out Leadership.”
  • Learn the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and their relevance to personal and public leadership.
  • Develop skills in advocacy, negotiation, and overcoming addictive behaviors.
  • Study biographies of diverse leaders and draw lessons from their experiences.
  • Participate in simulations, service projects, and field learning to apply leadership principles.
  • Build a vocabulary of key leadership terms and concepts.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Introduction to Inside-Out Leadership

  • Understanding Inside-Out Leadership
    • Defining the concept of “Inside-Out Leadership.”
    • Exploring the importance of leading from within.
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
    • Introducing Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits.
    • Discussing how these habits relate to personal and public leadership.

Unit 2: Advocacy and Negotiation

  • Principles of Advocacy
    • Learning what it means to be an advocate.
    • Exploring strategies for effective advocacy in various contexts.
  • Negotiation Skills
    • Understanding the art of negotiation.
    • Practicing negotiation techniques through role-play and simulations.

Unit 3: Avoiding and Overcoming Addictive Behaviors

  • Understanding Addictive Behaviors
    • Examining common addictive behaviors and their impact on leadership.
    • Discussing strategies for avoiding and overcoming addictions.
  • Personal Growth and Resilience
    • Exploring ways to build personal resilience and overcome challenges.
    • Applying principles from The 7 Habits to personal growth.

Unit 4: Biographies of Leaders

  • Learning from Historical Leaders
    • Studying biographies of male and female leaders from different disciplines.
    • Identifying common traits and principles among these leaders.
  • Drawing Lessons from Leaders
    • Analyzing the leadership journeys of historical figures.
    • Discussing how their experiences can guide contemporary leadership.

Unit 5: Simulations, Service, and Field Learning

  • Leadership Simulations
    • Participating in simulations that require leadership and teamwork.
    • Applying leadership principles in simulated scenarios.
  • Service Projects
    • Engaging in community service to apply leadership in real-world settings.
    • Reflecting on the impact of service on personal leadership development.
  • Field Learning and Mentor Leaders
    • Field trips to meet mentor leaders in the community.
    • Learning from their experiences and gaining insights into leadership.

Unit 6: Key Vocabulary and Concepts

  • Building Leadership Vocabulary
    • Understanding key terms such as charisma, vision, consensus, and synergy.
    • Discussing how these concepts relate to the broader theme of “Inside-Out Leadership.”
  • Structures and Human Resources
    • Exploring the importance of structures and human resources in leadership.
    • Examining different organizational structures and their impact on leadership.

Expected Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of “Inside-Out Leadership” and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. They will have developed skills in advocacy, negotiation, and teamwork, and applied leadership principles through simulations and service projects. This course aims to foster personal growth and prepare students for future leadership roles in various contexts.

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Mr. Leland Anderson

Leland Anderson and his family recently returned from Shenzhen, China, where Leland was the Head of School at Shenzhen RDF International School. Prior to his employment in China, Leland worked for American Heritage School in American Fork, Utah, as a high school principal, assistant principal, and a co-director of American Heritage’s worldwide distance education programs. Leland graduated from Harvard University with a Master of School Leadership. He taught English at Oak Canyon Junior High School in Utah. He also holds a Bachelor of English Teaching and a minor in Management from Brigham Young University. Leland and his wife, Gina, are the parents of six children. “I am grateful that American Heritage School celebrates the truths of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ while also pursuing excellence in languages, history, science, and the arts,” Leland says. “Salt Lake Valley was my boyhood home. I feel enthusiasm whenever I think about helping to establish an American Heritage School in Salt Lake City. The school’s culture is one of unity in the principles of kindness, liberty, and scholarship. I am glad my children have been blessed by the faculty, administration, staff, and programs of this exceptional school.”