In today’s world there are countless opportunities to make a difference. More than ever there is a need for people of all ages, from all backgrounds, with all types of life experience to seize those opportunities that lead to greatness. More than ever there is a need for leaders to inspire us to dream, to participate, and to persevere. The Student Leadership Challenge offers everyone the chance to do just that—to take the initiative and make a difference. The Student Leadership Challenge is about how leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done. It’s about the practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations, separateness into solidarity, and risks into rewards. It’s about a climate in which people turn challenging opportunities into remarkable successes.
Grounded in over 30 years of extensive research, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have identified The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership that are common when leaders are able to make extraordinary things happen.