Being a leader is something we all have within us. Whether it is taking the lead role in a group assignment for school, managing a project at work, church, or even at home, management skills are essential to a job well done. Those who can lead can make a difference – and have a step up when it comes to opportunity.
Good Works: #6
Value Projects as appropriate
This activity is a good opportunity to plan some events you have coming up such as service projects, girl’s camp, young women activities, firesides, Young Women in Excellence, New Beginnings, etc. If you are prepared to let the young women take an active role in planning these activities, prepare a sheet for each activity and include what is required to make it a reality. The sheet should include the name of the project manager, the team member names, and a list of items needed for that event. You may also want to provide a list of qualities that make a good leader and words of encouragement to provide each girl as they take the lead in projects and management. If you’d like to assign your leaders beforehand you can, or you can leave blanks and let the girls decide once you’ve put them into groups.
Project management is the application of processes, methods, knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve the project. Managing a project not only means seeing a project from start to finish, but being a leader and taking accountability for the finished product. Good and effective leaders are needed at school, at work, and at home. If you can lead and manage a project well, you will find that you become a valuable resource to those around you as they look to you for advice and give you responsibilities that bring opportunity and advantage.
Things to Consider:
Depending on how many girls you have at the activity, divide them into groups of 4 or 5, giving each group a real project or event to plan that will take place in the coming months. It can be an upcoming service project, young women’s activity, fireside, etc. The project should be laid out with what is needed. For example, if the girls are planning a fireside they will need to find a location, a speaker, a musical number, make assignments for prayers, refreshments, setup, clean up, etc. You can have them assign a project manager and have the manager delegate responsibilities. This would also be a good opportunity for any of the young women to work on a personal progress project they wish to complete (the projects require 10 hours of prep. and planning). Have enough adult leaders oversee each group and be available to answer questions and guide the project manager to take an active role, and ensure the other girls respect her role as leader. Allow at least 25 minutes for them to plan, exchange information, etc.
Gather the girls for a discussion and possible sharing of each other’s projects and who they have working on what. Have them talk about what they have planned, their vision for the project, and what they still need to do to complete their goals. Have the project managers discuss which leadership skills they implemented and have them compliment the individuals on their time for their contribution. Remind the girls that with God’s help, we can all be great leaders and achieve the things that are required of us. God increases our capability as we move forward and trust in him.
“Don’t worry about how inexperienced you are or think you are, but think about what, with the Lord’s help, you can become.” – Henry B. Eyring
“True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.” – Sheri L. Dew
“God does not begin by asking our ability, only our availability, and if we prove our dependability, He will increase our capability.” – Neal A. Maxwell
LDS Manual Principles of Leadership (See pages 11 & 12 of PDF)