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Supporting Leadership in Youth with DisAbilities. Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project. Supporting leadership in youth with disabilities. Advance Organizer. is about. developing skills that help people lead more self-determined lives. by examining. by defining.

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supporting leadership in youth with disabilities

Supporting Leadership in Youth with DisAbilities

Virginia Department of Education

Self-Determination Project

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Supporting leadership in youth with disabilities

Advance Organizer

is about...

developing skills that help people lead more self-determined lives

by examining

by defining

Leadership

Leadership

Structures

by comparing

Leadership and Self-Determination

  • How do you define leadership?
  • How does leadership fit into the concept of self-determination?
  • How can I use leadership and personal effectiveness model to develop leadership skills?
  • What are some leadership opportunities or experiences where I can be more involved?

QUESTIONSTO CONSIDER

how do you define leadership
How do you define leadership?

"Leadership is a function of knowing yourself, having a vision that is well communicated, building trust among colleagues, and taking effective action to realize your own leadership potential“

--Warren Bennis, On Becoming a Leader

defining the concept of leadership
Defining the Concept of Leadership

Adapted from: American Civics Center Leadership Workshop, Darren Minarik

  • Activity
    • In a small group, brainstorm a list of words (characteristics) that come to mind when you think of leadership
    • Write a plus sign (+) next to any positive leadership characteristics and write a minus sign (-) next to any negative characteristics
    • Divide the words into three categories
      • Mandatory leadership characteristics (+)
      • Desirable leadership characteristics (+)
      • Undesirable leadership characteristics (-)
defining leadership
Defining Leadership
  • Activity continued
    • Create a definition of leadership using your mandatory leadership characteristics using “I define leadership as . . .”
    • Share and discuss the various definitions with the large group
    • Ask
      • How did this activity help you think about leaders and leadership qualities?
      • What leadership characteristics do you have and how can you be a leader?
leadership and self determination
Leadership and Self-Determination
  • How does leadership fit into the concept of self-determination?

“Don’t follow where the path may lead, go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Anonymous

core components of self determination
Choice making

Decision making

Problem solving

Goal setting

Self-regulation

Self-instruction

Self-advocacy

Internal locus of control

Self-efficacy

Efficacy expectations

Self-awareness and Self-knowledge

Core Components of Self-Determination

Which of these components are necessary for leadership? Why?

comparison between self determination and leadership
Self-Determination

Focus on individual needs and concerns

Implies personal management skills and self-directed behavior

Includes basic and inalienable rights

Leadership

Focus on collective needs and concerns

Requires a relationship between “leaders” and “followers”

Leadership is conferred /acquired

Comparison Between Self-Determination and Leadership

Source: Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, and the Role of the Professional , Irina Paraschiv

how might leadership fit with this model for self determination
Environment

Know Yourself

Value Yourself

Plan

Act

Experience Outcomes and Learn

Environment

How might leadership fit with this model for Self-Determination?

Model for self-determination. From “Development of a Model for Self-Determination,” by S. Field and A Hoffman, 1994, Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 17(2).

leadership structures
How can I become a leader?

Choose or create a plan for developing leadership skills

Set measurable goals centered around leadership skills with a timeframe for completion

Practice, practice, practice

Leadership Structures
a structure of leadership
A Structure of Leadership

Leadership and Personal Effectiveness

Source: Leadership and Personal Effectiveness, The Performance Institute

identifying leadership opportunities and experiences
Identifying Leadership Opportunities and Experiences
  • Brainstorm a list of possible leadership opportunities and experiences
  • Select one or two ideas from the list
  • Use the Leadership and Personal Effectiveness plan to
  • Possible Responses
    • Participation in your IEP Meeting
    • High School clubs and student government
    • Mentoring/tutoring younger students
    • Involving yourself in youth programs (YLF, etc.)
good leaders set goals and
Good leaders set goals and . ..
  • Continue Learning and value what they learn from others
  • Are Ethical and strive to do the “right thing”
  • Advocate for others while helping them to advocate for themselves
  • Dream big and keep dreaming
  • Lead by Example and admit mistakes along the way
  • Take Responsibility for their actions
  • Celebrate Success and share success
  • Provide Hope by raising expectations
  • Have Integrity and are honest
  • Are Passionate and show they care

Source: K.S. Herel/Parent Information Center of DE and NICHEY

sources
Sources
  • American Civics Center Leadership Workshop. Darren W. Minarik
  • Building Everyday Leadership in All Teens. Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S.
  • Self-Determination: Instructional and Assessment Strategies.Michael L. Wehmeyer and Sharon L. Field
  • Self-Determination, Self-Advocacy, and the Role of the Professional. Irina Paraschiv
shaping up a review
Shaping Up a Review

On a blank sheet of paper, draw a parallelogram, a circle and a triangle.

  • What are some things you heard that paralleled with your own beliefs?
  • What questions are still going around in your head?
  • What are 3 points you want to remember?
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