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Leaders influence and support others in a positive manner for a shared goal. Leaders aren't just elected. You can be a member of committees, small groups and teams. Learning about yourself and how you work with others is a key part of developing leadership skills.

  • Understand roles, attitudes, tasks and functions necessary for effective leadership.
  • Strengthen local 4-H units in leadership responsibility and encourage other youth.
  • Participate in program planning, development, and implementation; help recruit new members and leaders.

Exhibit Ideas

  • Give a presentation on the elements of an effective meeting
  • Create a series of workshops teaching other 4-Hers a project skill.  Video tape and put them up on the web so others have access
  • Take a personal inventory to analyze your leadership style and share a journal or display about what you learned and how it affects your work in groups
  • Create a scrapbook showing your leadership roles in the clubs or organizations you participate in
  • Create a resume showcasing your skills, strengths

Share What You Learn With Others!


  • Give a presentation on parliamentary procedure or other decision-making methods
  • Write a letter to an elected official about an issue that's important to you or your community
  • Conduct Club Officer training

Civic Engagement

  • Make arrangements for your club's next service project
  • Mentor a younger member with record-keeping and preparing exhibits for fair
  • Serve on a local board that deals with youth issues

Ideas for Project Area Learning!

  • Job shadow or interview a local leader
  • Plan and present a fun club activity
  • Identify non-verbal communication behaviors
  • Practice and deliver a presentation
  • Plan and present a project workshop
  • Run for office in your club
  • Practice interviewing with an adult
  • Plan a meeting
  • Identify various leadership styles