Leadership: Definition

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Each month we define and discuss a word of character development with all of our students.  This month the word is Leadership.  It will be defined this way.

Young students:  Leadership means: “I make great choices so follow me!”

Older students:  Leadership means:  Inspiring people into action to achieve a common goal.

If you would like to see how we will deal with this subject with our students please follow our discussions here during the month of September.



BLS helping Lighthouse Shelter

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This morning a group of Balanced Life Skills parents and students got together and prepared lunches for the clients of the LIghthouse Shelter.  We finished so fast that when some folks arrived the work was already done and the lunches were delivered.  The spirit of giving of our time, talents and resources is strong in our school.  In talked about charity in the month of August and are following it up with discussions on Leadership in September. 

Leadership is when we take an idea or a cause that we are interested in and engage others to achieve a common goal.   I was so happy that some of the volunteers this morning suggested that we should help out with lunches for those in need more often.  I believe that we will be able to do accomplish this goal with the action of our students and parents. 

If you would like to share in this work, email Balanced Life Skills and lets see if we can schedule a time, once a month, to assist those in our community who need our help.  Thanks to our helpers this morning for the quick work you made of our project this morning.

Teamwork – making contributions

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images-2Everyone of us is on a team. Our most important team we are on is our family. Mom, Dad and all the children are teammates. So what are we bringing to the team? What are the strengths we bring that make the team better? It is very seldom that we see everyone is good at the same skills. That is what makes a team so strong. What I may be weak at, may be your strength. When we pool the strengths of each of us then we are able to accomplish tasks and goals that would have been much harder if we had tried to do them by ourselves. At the same time a team can make us better at skills too. You may not be real good at organization, but if you watch and listen to someone on your team who has that skill, you will find that you will improve in that skill set also. You may not ever be as good as your teammate but you will remember that you have your own set of skills to bring to the team. Appreciating our own strengths and the skills of others will help a team be stronger too. There is no reason for us to pretend that we are not good at a skill, thinking that others may like us better or we do not want others to think we are showing off. At the same time we do not want to quit a team, or stop playing full out, because someone is better at a skill that we wished we had. Remember, Team is about pooling our skills to accomplish a common goal using the skills of many. When we can share an accomplishment with others it is more enjoyable and will get done faster than if we tried to do it by ourselves.