Session 5 Mentor Guidance – Leadership

The content of the various annexes associated with this session can be found below. This enables the content to be translated by the translation plugin available in this site.

Content of Annex 1 Leadership qualities ranking exercise

How I Rank Myself In Qualities Of Being A Leader


  • I definitely have this quality
  • I’m pretty good at this
  • I need to work on this
  • I need help in how to do this
  1. Enthusiasm: I have energy, a positive attitude and I am motivated.
  2. Prepared: I assess the situation, understand the audience, know how to prepare and how to report.
  3. Communicate well with others: I am an effective speaker, I am able to work with all kinds of people, I am tactful and I am good listener.
  4. Caring: I am sensitive to others, I accept others for who they are, I am compassionate and I have a good sense of humour.
  5. Creativity: I can express ideas, I can come up with helpful suggestions and I try to brainstorm for new ideas.
  6. Problem-Solver: I can tackle problems, am resourceful and I think through difficulties.
  7. Character: I act in an ethical manner, I am honest and I am not led astray by peer pressure.
  8. Adaptability: I can cope with the unexpected and I accept change.
  9. Dependability: I am reliable, others can trust me, I keep my promises and I stay on task.
  10. Cooperation: I work well with others (even those I may not like).

Content of Annex 2 Leadership traits role play

The task card

You have just used your initiative and been able to book a TV presenter to launch your new school project at an opening ceremony. You are so happy and excited to tell the Project Leader

The trait cards

The Challenger—You are the person who is sceptical of most new ideas and anything that brings about change. You do not operate from a sense of trust. You think of worst case scenarios. You have a demanding leadership style and prefer to meet in a traditional setting, with you behind a desk or table and the other individual(s) sitting opposite you.

The Disengaged—Your leadership style is neutral. As long as programs operate as they should, you see no need to add or change efforts. You enjoy discussions of past successes and don’t want to “muddy the waters” by encouraging new options.

The Distracted—You take on an abundance of events and activities as part of your leadership style. You are over committed and distracted by phone calls or instant messages when you meet with your staff or students. A “crisis” that needs your attention

This is how they have to act in the role play when they enter back into the room.

Call the Volunteers in one by one to sit at the desk in role

The Volunteer with the task card must then act out the situation with each Trait Card Volunteer

Ask the observers to keep their observations until all three have acted out.

Get feedback on what was wrong with each situation?

Ask the Task volunteer to share how they felt with each situation

Ask the group Why were they not a good leader?

What could they have done to be a good leader?

Content of Annex 3 Good leadership attributes

Appreciative – A wise leader values their team and the person. Success is only achieved with the help of others. What’s more, genuine appreciation provides encouragement, develops confidence, and builds on strengths.

Confident – Trust and confidence in leadership is a reliable indicator of employee satisfaction. Good leaders aren’t afraid of being challenged. Their confidence inspires.

Compassionate – Compassion is a strength. A good leader uses compassion to perceive the needs of those they leads and to decide a course of action that is of greatest benefit to the person and the team.

Courageous – A courageous leader is prepared to take risks when no one else will. A courageous leader has faith in other people. A courageous leader raises difficult issues, is ready to give difficult feedback, and share unpopular opinions.

Diligent – To persevere in conviction, courage, creativity, compassion, and character we need diligence. Good leaders work hard.

Fair – Fairness is what people want. Good leaders don’t have favourites in the team. They reward for results not partiality; they promise fairness.

Flexible – The good leader is able to flex. They alter and adapt their style according to the situation, context and circumstances they experience. They welcome new ideas and change.

Honest – Wise leaders are not afraid of communicating the truth to their people. Honesty is about being truthful, having integrity, and building trust. Honesty leads to better more productive relationships.

Impartial – Good leaders are impartial. They recognise their biases, prejudices, and predispositions. They also recognise biases in others and face them.

Responsive – Good leaders are responsive to the needs of those they lead. They adjust their behaviour to best match the situation. They listen to their team; they value their team.

Empathetic – showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another.