Lead2Feed Lesson 3: An Insight Driven Approach to Leading People

We are back with another installment of leadership lessons from the Lead2Feed program that helps students build leadership, teamwork and collaborative service skills, while "feeding" critical needs in their communities. Earlier we shared how Ambassador Leaders team up with Lead2Feed to make a difference in our communities. In the process, students gain much more—they learn how to be self-aware, how to recognize and develop their strengths, and how they can contribute and lead in a team.

In the last lesson, Lesson 2, we learned that one of the most important things you can do as a leader is to always be learning. Being an avid learner is the single biggest thing that separates a good leader from a great one.


In this lesson, you will:

  1. Determine your BIG GOAL for your project as a team.
  2. Develop a PEOPLE MAP to identify individuals and groups you need to take with you to make your project successful.
  3. Define your VISION of what the future will look like when you achieve your BIG goal.
  4. Create an ACTION PLAN to define where you are going and how you will get there.
  5. Select a PARTNER—a non-profit organization to align with as you implement your project.

This lesson teaches you an insight-driven approach to use information from your research, personal experiences and the people you take with you to guide your project, following a simple process, called STRATEGY, STRUCTURE, CULTURE. 

  • STRATEGY: What do you want to get done? What is your vision?
  • STRUCTURE: How do you organize around making it happen? How do you get your team galvanized around your goal and divide responsibilities?
  • CULTURE: How do you work together as a team?

In the book Taking People With You, David Novak tells us “We know that effective leaders take time to create a vision and a clear plan before taking action.” This is how you move from just thinking about something to really taking action. Hear more from David Novak how to go after it.


We look forward to sharing more how this program changes teens and gives them a roadmap for effective service and personal growth. Keep following along!

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 4 - Market the Change: Be a Bold Ad for Your Big Goal.

See the previous lessons here and stay tuned for more!

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 high levels of student engagement through collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, reflection and creativity. Ambassador Leaders participate in the Lead2Feed Project Challenge to impact their communities.