Lead2Feed Lesson 1: Be Your Best Self

Self awareness: the key to leadership and to your best self.

Earlier, we shared how Ambassador Leaders and Lead2Feed have partnered to help local communities. As the new class of Ambassador Leaders gears up for their Summits this summer, we can’t wait to see what projects the students create to "feed the need" in their communities.

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be sharing the 6 Lead2Feed lessons that serve as a roadmap for students’ projects during the Summit. Through these lessons, students build leadership, teamwork and collaborative skills that they can use well beyond their Summit.

If you are a student or teacher who is not taking part in a Summit this summer, we invite you to follow along with us. These lessons are universal!

Let’s get started.

Lesson 1: Be Your Best Self

In order to effectively serve others and be an authentic leader, we must first understand our own strengths. This lesson provides a look into your past, a clear understanding of your present, and an opportunity to dream BIG for your future.

This lesson has 3 activities. As a student, you will:

  1. Reflect on your life, and determine important moments that have helped shape who you are today. You will get to graph your own Lifeline!

  2. Explore personal lessons you learned from the key events on your Lifeline, in order to expand your awareness and identify new ways to grow.

  3. Imagine and explore the single biggest thing that will help you grow and change. You’ll practice answering BIG questions in order to set BIG goals.

Hear from David Novak, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, author of the best-selling book Taking People With You, and one of the founders of the Lead2Feed program how activities such as "Lifeline" and "Know Yourself, Grow Yourself" help students reflect on past key experiences and become their best selves.

From these exercises, you’ll build your self awareness of how your life's events have shaped you so far and build the leadership skills to understand and develop your “best self.” Through sharing their Lifelines, students on a team learn to value differences and recognize the strength of each team member. It’s a powerful tool!

This lesson lays the groundwork for the leadership and service that lie ahead for the rest of the Summit. We look forward to sharing a sneak peek into each of the 6 lessons to show you how Lead2Feed changes teens and provides a roadmap to effective service. Through the lessons, you will use your leadership skills to change your community and the world!


Interested to learn more? Head on over to Lead2Feed.org and register to get free access to lessons and resources to help you start a Lead2Feed project at your school today.

Up Next: Lesson 2 - Be a Team of Avid Learners.

By Linda Spahr

Linda is the Program Manager for the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, a program of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, and the fastest growing, free leadership program for students in grades 6-12. Fully aligned with standards and 21st Century Skills, Lead2Feed provides opportunities for student engagement through collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and creativity. Ambassador Leaders participate in the Lead2Feed Project Challenge to impact their communities.