Youth Leadership

All young people have the ability to grow their leadership abilities

Our educational system is perhaps the most vital element to the preservation of our country’s competitive edge and social stability than any other system within our nation.  We are in dire need of leadership development at all levels: the board of trustees, superintendents, administration, principals, teachers, our youth, and their parents.

At Peopleistic we believe that all young people have the ability to grow their leadership abilities.  Leadership is a learned skill and is not destined for just a privileged few.  We understand that embodying leadership at a young age can give a significant edge to life and success, and therefore we stand committed to provide the best leadership education possible.

In our work within private and public schools, we have met courageous and committed individuals who value the well-being of every child they serve.  We also know that human relationships are complex and often personal agendas, ego, and personality differences can create a less-than-desirable result in the goal of transforming our children into future leaders.  We believe that all members who comprise the educational system are in service to building the next generation of thriving youth.  In order to accomplish this task, leadership must be demonstrated.

Communication  skills, problem solving, innovation, self leadership, strategic planning, and execution of the strategic plan must be infused throughout the interaction between the Board of Trustees and the superintendent’s offices, between the superintendent’s offices and the principals and their administrative [CD2] staff, and between administration and teachers.

At Peopleistic we understand the success of any organization is secured by a great end-user experience where the customer meets staff.  When our staff embodies the values and brand of the company, the customer is happy and the organization thrives.

In the educational system, our children are the end user/customer.  Our teachers are the touch point where the end user meets the brand of the school.  In order for any school to be successful, an alignment of purpose and values must be established and demonstrated from the Board of Trustees and the superintendence’s office to the classroom.

Peopleistic is an organization which utilizes leading educators who are passionate about involving and developing the leadership aspirations of all members of the educational system, with a focus on young people.  Our global presence and experience in developing corporate leaders has enabled us to have deep insight into the much-needed skills and values that underpin the most successful leaders.

Our methodology brings vital knowledge of applied neuroscience, human behavior, and business excellence together to build bridges of communication and collaboration between all strata of the educational system.  Our end objective is to teach system thinking throughout the educational hierarchy so the system fully supports the enlightenment of young people.  Our goal is to harness students’ inner abilities and to support development of self leadership and innovative thinking, thereby enabling them to become leaders in tomorrow’s world.

We believe in building sustainable resilience in people to enable them to lead change and help schools and communities survive and thrive.

The following is a brief outline of our approach for increasing the effectiveness of the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent’s office and administration:

Our objective is to increase problem-solving capabilities of the Board of Trustees and the superintendent’s office so time is efficiently utilized and important agenda items can be resolved effectively. Innovation strategies will be introduced to inspire creativity, experimentation, and construction of new ideas.  Additionally, we introduce thinking strategies and problem-solving skills applied to complex issues for progressive resolution of historical issues.

Foundational leadership training is introduced so each participating member understands their role, their purpose, and their effect on the system they are governing.  System thinking is introduced as a set of skills to guide the decision-making process.

Our Program for School Principles and Their Leadership Team

After 30 years of observing performance dynamics and human behavior, we discovered fundamental skills required by leaders to create and sustain teams where people thrive, resulting in greater productivity and a maturing organizational culture.

The leaders of our schools require communication skills first and foremost—and a strong sense of collaboration between the principal’s office and their leadership team.  Understanding differences, self-leadership, communication skills, and innovation to solve historical and new problems are essential leadership attributes necessary for a progressive school to meet the demands of teachers, youth, parents, and school districts.

This training plan proposes three days of training, beginning with the first day focused on self-awareness, self-leadership, emotional responsibility and intelligence, respect of diversity, and communication development.  Second-day training content is focused on team dynamics and understanding the diversity of the existing team members and their communication preferences, strengths, and weaknesses.  The Authentic Conversation conflict resolution strategy is introduced to assist the team in having conversations that have been deemed difficult historically.

The third day is focused on resolving complex, unresolved historical problems and on creating a breakthrough as a team.  Kaleidoscopic thinking strategies are introduced as well as problem-solving and innovation competencies.  Solutions are generated, analyzed, and project managed into systems and operations.  Additionally, the third day explores the subject of people intelligence and more one-to-one communication skills.

Follow-up meetings are scheduled to further embed the training content in daily interactions, troubleshoot any hot spots, and answer questions.

Our Program for Youth-Leadership Development

The responsibility of our educational system is to educate the next generations and prepare students for a successful life.  At Peopleistic we believe that within our foundational educational curriculum students require essential life and industry-desirable skills to be, as graduates, ready and prepared for the job market and life.  The end goal: Our students move from good to great in their performance, self-leadership becomes a standard, and self-confidence coupled with a strong sense of self-esteem reaches new levels of actualization.

Individual Extended DISC® behavioral profiles will be conducted for the high school leadership team, providing insight into individual strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots.  The profile provides valuable information about which career paths they would be best suited for, thereby clarifying their career choices as they enter college.

Extended DISC

The Extended DISC® system is the most researched behavioral profiling tool on the market today. The purpose of the DISC® is to understand personal strengths, establish goals, and identify unconscious barriers, so each student member recognizes their strengths and developmental areas and gains clarity on a career direction.  This is imperative to a deeper understanding of oneself and how to enhance personal peak performance.  The path of successful performance consists in the use of the Extended DISC® behavioral profiling tool to provide the first insight into a person’s natural talents so they can be empowered.

Day One: Self-Leadership Development

Our objective for the first day of this two-day training module is to increase self-awareness, take responsibility for results, identify personal values, set goals, and strengthen identity and self-esteem. The intention for this first day: introduce leadership as an inner journey of harnessing perception and practicing mental and emotional management skills. The day focuses on developing self-leadership as the foundation of all leadership development, assisting students to develop perspective and flexibility in their relationships.

The objective is to establish emotional accountability as well as congruent, consistent leadership capacities consistently throughout school and work responsibilities. This cutting-edge training brings new depth to traditional youth-leadership curricula and provides student members with life-enhancing interactive tools that will be forever useful in both their professional and their personal life. Communication skills will be introduced, leading to more skills on day two of the training.

All the information taught is designed to prepare the student for future employment, by training life’s essential interpersonal and professional skills which are sought by team leaders and human-resource professionals in multiple industries.

Day Two: Problem Solving and Innovation

Our objective on the second training day is to increase the student’s ability to solve problems with a community-specific focus. We will address several community projects, decided upon by the student leaders, and tackle the project resolution. The innovation strategies of Thomas Edison will be introduced to inspire creativity, experimentation, and curiosity using exercises to awaken greater problem solving capacities.

We will cover a variety of methods for generating ideas through different thinking styles as well as introducing a variety of thinking perspectives so student leaders can learn the art of thinking kaleidoscopically and reviewing options. These skills are essential for leadership development and problem-solving capabilities, individually and within a team. The objective of this second day is to create motivation to reach objectives, overcome obstacles, and learn how to work with respect for the diversity that comprises a team. The skills presented will provide a self-leadership tool chest of self-management and empowerment that will last them a lifetime.

Additional to cutting-edge thinking strategies, the student leader will learn a system for transforming conversations into powerful opportunities to build trust and relationships through the student version of the Authentic Conversation model. Leadership is demonstrated within the context of relationships and is the vehicle where leadership grows. Student leaders will gain exceptional communication skills, utilizing communication and conversational strategies to increase effectiveness while working with student team members.

The objective is to increase emotional intelligence, people intelligence, and problem-solving capabilities as well as to become highly effective communicators.

One-hour Integration Session

Follow up meetings occur with each youth-leadership group after the training completion to assist in integration of the information and to further coach implementation. A question and answer period will address questions about real-time application of the leadership tools. The first integration session will be scheduled for one week after the completion of the second day of training.

Parent-as-Coach Evening

A presentation will be conducted for the parents of the participating student leaders. This presentation will provide education on how to best help the children integrate their new leadership skills, so that integration of the information can be supported in the home as well as the school environment. This evening assembly, held on school grounds, is not only to support integration of the leadership education, but also to introduce parents to the content of the leadership-development program. Parents of the participating students will have an overview of the techniques learned and will gain tips for helping their child actualize the techniques at home as well as at school.