The 4C’s of Leadership and How to Execute Them

The concept of the 4C’s of leadership was inspired by the research of Jean Cote and Wade Gilbert about effective sports coaching. When applied in the classroom set up right, this leadership framework is also efficient in helping students achieve their full potential. Read more to learn why you should adopt the 4C’s of leadership in your school curriculum and how you can execute them.

Being competent means having the technical knowledge and skills needed to be effective in being a student, an athlete, or in any role. Every student needs to develop their competence or ability to do various tasks well. There are various ways to build competence. One is to teach students to look at every circumstance, especially the challenging ones, as opportunities for learning and growth. With this mindset, they can better adapt to the new environment and manage higher expectations.

When students know that they have the skills and knowledge, they tend to be more likely to take leadership roles or take charge of leading a group. But sometimes, even the most skilled individuals don’t have the confidence to lead. This could be a result of fear of failure. They feel that they are a failure when they don’t measure up to the standard or when they don’t achieve the goals they set. For them to become student leaders, they should be able to motivate themselves in the face of any challenges and even in failure. But more importantly, the schools should create an environment where it’s okay to fail or make mistakes because that’s the first step in overcoming them.

Many leaders are competent and confident about themselves but still fail to lead people. That’s because they lack the right character that compels people to follow. Schools should teach students to lead by example if they want others to be disciplined, to obey rules, to cooperate, and to be responsible. They should exhibit the traits before they demand from others.

A leader needs to be able to connect with others to make the team operate efficiently and effectively. Teaching students to be empathetic towards others, and developing their communication skills can help them foster good relationships with peers, classmates, or teammates.

About the Author:
Author: Richard Sharp

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced” John Keats

This quote continues to inspire my pursuit of delivering authentic, long-term online learning opportunities for K-12 students and educators. As a former classroom teacher, senior faculty member and current district school board member, I take great pride in sharing my education insights towards technology enhanced learning in the student leadership and future skills of the workforce curricular areas.


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