Developing Leadership

There is universal agreement among people in the business, military, and nonprofit sectors of our society that young people with leadership skills are highly sought after and much in demand. Yet our schools typically do not address leadership directly; it does not help that many leadership qualities seem to be intangible and thus impossible to measure on standardized exams. However, many children—particularly gifted children—give a great deal of thought to questions of leadership: whose voice is the most influential in peer groups and social situations and who is the most popular among their peers. We believe that leadership is too important a quality to be left to playground and peer-group experimentation and that we should introduce young people to leadership as a subject to study, develop, and practice. To that end, we have published a number of books to help instructors introduce the subject of leadership to young people and to allow youngsters to explore leadership on their own. 

There is universal agreement among people in the business, military, and nonprofit sectors of our society that young people with leadership skills are highly sought after and much in demand. Yet our schools typically do not address leadership directly; it does not help that many leadership qualities seem to be intangible and thus impossible to measure on standardized exams. However, many children—particularly gifted children—give a great deal of thought to questions of leadership: whose voice is the most influential in peer groups and social situations and who is the most popular among their peers. We believe that leadership is too important a quality to be left to playground and peer-group experimentation and that we should introduce young people to leadership as a subject to study, develop, and practice. To that end, we have published a number of books to help teachers introduce the subject of leadership to young people and to allow youngsters to explore leadership on their own. 

Share this series

Leadership Strengths Indicator

Subtitle: A Self-Report Leadership Analysis Instrument for Adolescents

Author: Ellis, Dr. Julie L.

Subjects: Resources; Leadership

ISBN: 978-0-89824-191-2

Order code: 1912

Price: $15.00

Leadership Strengths Indicator Cover

The Leadership Strengths Indicator is a self-report leadership analysis instrument for adults to administer to children ages 11-18. This is an extensive manual for initiating discussions about leadership styles, component behaviors and attitudes of leadership, and the ways in which specific leadership characteristics can be strengthened.

Click here for forms to use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator.

The Leadership Strengths Indicator is a self-report leadership analysis instrument for teachers or school educators to administer to students in grades 6-12. This is an extensive manual for initiating discussions about leadership styles, component behaviors and attitudes of leadership, and the ways in which specific leadership characteristics can be strengthened.

Click here for forms to use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator.

Leadership Strengths Indicator Cover

Leadership Strengths Indicator: Packet of Forms

Author: Ellis, Dr. Julie L.

Subjects: Resources; Leadership

Order code: 1928

Price: $25.00

Leadership Strengths Indicator: Packet of Forms Cover

This is a packet of 100 forms for use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator manual.

Click here for the manual.

This is a packet of 100 forms for use with the Leadership Strengths Indicator manual.

Click here for the manual.

Leadership Strengths Indicator: Packet of Forms Cover

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness

Author: Sisk, Dr. Dorothy A.; Rosselli, Hilda

Subjects: Gifted Education; Teacher Resources; Leadership

Order code: 1979

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness Cover

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness is designed to encourage the continuing development of leadership in teachers and to foster their ability to develop leadership in their students, no matter what grade they are in. This practical and useful book contains 20 lessons, definitions, theory, and a number of self-tests and exercises to assess leadership. Leadership should be a part of the curriculum for every gifted student.

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness is designed to encourage the continuing development of leadership in teachers and to foster their ability to develop leadership in their students, no matter what grade they are in. This practical and useful book contains 20 lessons, definitions, theory, and a number of self-tests and exercises to assess leadership. Leadership should be a part of the curriculum for every gifted student.

Leadership: A Special Type of Giftedness Cover

Taking Control

Author: Love, Ann

Subjects: Leadership; Historical Adventure; Ancient Greece; Alexander the Great

Age: 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade: 4, 5, 6, 7

Pages: 137

ISBN: 978-0-89824-998-9

Order code: 9989

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 9989S

Taking Control Cover

Julian is on a class trip to a museum when he meets Mr. Callisthenes, a strange figure who offers to take Julian to the past to teach him about Alexander the Great, a legendary hero who is nothing more than a name to most modern children. Julian, bored with history as dusty artifacts locked in display cases, agrees, and so begins a series of adventures during which Julian travels back in time to find himself present for each of the significant events in Alexander's life—not just as a witness but as an active participant.

On his first trip, Julian witnesses the now-famous scene of young Alexander gentling the great horse Bucephalus. During his next trip, Julian is present as Alexander's father, King Philip, is assassinated, and Alexander becomes ruler. Later Julian goes with Alexander to Troy to honor Achilles and make his claim as Achilles’s successor. Julian is at the Battle of Issus when Alexander defeats Darius, King of the Persians, and begins to subdue the Persian Empire. He watches the taking of Tyre and the slaughter of the townspeople. He sees Alexander going to consult the Oracle of Ammon in Siwa, and he and his sister Melanie are in attendance when Darius is killed, when Alexander decides to return to Macedonia, and finally when the great leader dies. Each visit to the ancient world provides Julian with a more complete understanding of the brilliant, ambitious, complex man who was Alexander the Great.

Julian is on a class trip to a museum when he meets Mr. Callisthenes, a strange figure who offers to take Julian to the past to teach him about Alexander the Great, a legendary hero who is nothing more than a name to most modern children. Julian, bored with history as dusty artifacts locked in display cases, agrees, and so begins a series of adventures during which Julian travels back in time to find himself present for each of the significant events in Alexander's life—not just as a witness but as an active participant.

On his first trip, Julian witnesses the now-famous scene of young Alexander gentling the great horse Bucephalus. During his next trip, Julian is present as Alexander's father, King Philip, is assassinated, and Alexander becomes ruler. Later Julian goes with Alexander to Troy to honor Achilles and make his claim as Achilles’s successor. Julian is at the Battle of Issus when Alexander defeats Darius, King of the Persians, and begins to subdue the Persian Empire. He watches the taking of Tyre and the slaughter of the townspeople. He sees Alexander going to consult the Oracle of Ammon in Siwa, and he and his sister Melanie are in attendance when Darius is killed, when Alexander decides to return to Macedonia, and finally when the great leader dies. Each visit to the ancient world provides Julian with a more complete understanding of the brilliant, ambitious, complex man who was Alexander the Great.

Taking Control Cover

Taking Control Sample Pages:

The Key to Honor

Author: Wanttaja, Ronald

Subjects: American History; Leadership; War of 1812; Maritime History; Sailing Ships

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2702

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2702S

The Key to Honor Cover

A Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Award Winner

High praise from the Sea Room: “A perfect book for young adults...it demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality..., and feels authentic.... Highly recommended....”

Set during the War of 1812, The Key to Honor is filled with maritime action and images. Young Nate Lawton’s bravery in combat aboard the U.S.S. Constitution in her famous victory over the H.M.S. Guerriere has earned him midshipman’s rank, but he hides a guilty secret: he deserted his post during the battle. Although everyone saw him save the Constitution's captain, no one saw him hide from the rest of the fight. Nate is determined to regain his honor, and it looks as though he will soon have his chance. He has been assigned to the Chesapeake in Boston Harbor. A pair of British frigates, led by the H.M.S. Shannon, blockade the harbor, and the Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence is under heavy pressure to deal with the blockade and reopen Boston’s vital trade.

Nate must first discover what honor is. Does it lie in the senseless duels fought by his superior officers? The arrogant leadership shown by his fellow midshipmen? Or in overcoming the contempt of the experienced seamen directed toward him as their fifteen-year-old leader? One of the shortest battles of the early U.S. Navy provides Nate’s answers and the novel’s finale.

Readers become one with Nate as he shares his thoughts and feelings, which are juxtaposed with Navy protocol and shown both aboard and off ship. The author’s extensive research is deftly blended with his smooth writing style to enhance the novel’s superb realism, from dialogue and full-bodied characterization to ships’ details, Navy rules, confrontational scenes, and the historic final battle.

“...fascinating...a gripping naval story hard to lay down, it is also a coming-of-age story, a novel of character development that far surpasses many naval stories for adults.” – John Forester

A Pacific Northwest Writers Conference Award Winner

High praise from the Sea Room: “A perfect book for young adults...it demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality..., and feels authentic.... Highly recommended....”

Set during the War of 1812, The Key to Honor is filled with maritime action and images. Young Nate Lawton’s bravery in combat aboard the U.S.S. Constitution in her famous victory over the H.M.S. Guerriere has earned him midshipman’s rank, but he hides a guilty secret: he deserted his post during the battle. Although everyone saw him save the Constitution's captain, no one saw him hide from the rest of the fight. Nate is determined to regain his honor, and it looks as though he will soon have his chance. He has been assigned to the Chesapeake in Boston Harbor. A pair of British frigates, led by the H.M.S. Shannon, blockade the harbor, and the Chesapeake’s Captain Lawrence is under heavy pressure to deal with the blockade and reopen Boston’s vital trade.

Nate must first discover what honor is. Does it lie in the senseless duels fought by his superior officers? The arrogant leadership shown by his fellow midshipmen? Or in overcoming the contempt of the experienced seamen directed toward him as their fifteen-year-old leader? One of the shortest battles of the early U.S. Navy provides Nate’s answers and the novel’s finale.

Readers become one with Nate as he shares his thoughts and feelings, which are juxtaposed with Navy protocol and shown both aboard and off ship. The author’s extensive research is deftly blended with his smooth writing style to enhance the novel’s superb realism, from dialogue and full-bodied characterization to ships’ details, Navy rules, confrontational scenes, and the historic final battle.

“...fascinating...a gripping naval story hard to lay down, it is also a coming-of-age story, a novel of character development that far surpasses many naval stories for adults.” – John Forester

The Key to Honor Cover

The Key to Honor Sample Pages:

The Price of Command

Author: Wanttaja, Ronald

Subjects: American History; Leadership; War of 1812; Maritime History; Sailing Ships

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Order code: 2869

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2869S

The Price of Command Cover

The Battle of Lake Erie took place a little more than three months after the battle between the U.S.S. Chesapeake and the British H.M.S. Shannon. In this follow-up novel to The Key to Honor, Midshipman Nate Lawton is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank: the acting first lieutenant of a brig of war. But command has its price. Nate’s captain is unwilling to pay it, and he uses Nate as a scapegoat for the dirty work. The captain thinks nothing of bending the truth to glorify his own career and to ruin Nate if he speaks out. Now Nate is caught between the rocks of naval discipline and the shoals of his superior officer’s unbending ambition, and he must decide what to do.

The Battle of Lake Erie took place a little more than three months after the battle between the U.S.S. Chesapeake and the British H.M.S. Shannon. In this follow-up novel to The Key to Honor, Midshipman Nate Lawton is sent to Lake Erie to help man the rough frontier fleet built by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

To his initial delight, Nate finds that a shortage of officers places him in a much higher position than his limited experience would normally bring. The fortunes of war catapult him to an even higher rank: the acting first lieutenant of a brig of war. But command has its price. Nate’s captain is unwilling to pay it, and he uses Nate as a scapegoat for the dirty work. The captain thinks nothing of bending the truth to glorify his own career and to ruin Nate if he speaks out. Now Nate is caught between the rocks of naval discipline and the shoals of his superior officer’s unbending ambition, and he must decide what to do.

The Price of Command Cover

The Price of Command Sample Pages:

River Rats

Author: Wyatt, Leslie J.

Subjects: Bullying; Leadership; Family Relationships; Growing Up

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

ISBN: 978-0-89824-378-9

Order code: 3789

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Also an iBook from iTunes

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3789S

River Rats Cover

Twelve-year-old Kenny spends his days on the Chariton River in 1940s rural Missouri with his older brother Jim and their two best friends, swimming, fishing, and roaming the countryside. Kenny's love of the resplendent beauty of the river bottomlands is almost as boundless as his love for Jim, but his fidelity to his older brother has begun, at times, to feel misguided.

When a new boy, Henry, moves into the area, Jim takes a disliking to him almost immediately. Not only is he poor and living in an abusive home, but Henry, in his calm, understated way, is better at nearly everything, and it is obvious to everyone that he has more honor and integrity than Jim. Kenny likes Henry, and Jim's unfair and increasingly vicious behavior toward the boy places Kenny in a position in which he feels he must choose between loyalty to his brother and a defense of what he knows to be right.

Set against the backdrop of World War II, Kenny's inner turmoil is a reflection of the events playing out across the ocean. The decision that Kenny must make is agonizing, its consequences unthinkable no matter which path he chooses. This achingly beautiful novel is a poignant story told in the authentic voice of a boy who is forced to face the truth of who he is—as a brother, as a friend, and as a human being.

Review:
"Playing out against the small foreground of local events is a big story on the world stage: over in Europe, another dominating individual is bending all of Europe to his sway. Kenny comes to realize that trivial-seeming decisions can have big consequences, and a tyrant is a tyrant, no matter how petty. Readers will appreciate the authentic feel of the times and the interplay between characters." – Redeemedreader.com

Author Leslie J. Wyatt learned first-hand about the Chariton River bottoms from someone who grew up there. "Listening to his stories was like stepping into a bygone age. I began to wish I could capture them for my children and all the other children in the world who would never get to live that life."

Wyatt’s writing credits include a previous historical novel and more than 200 stories and articles in national magazines. A two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), she served as 2010 SCBWI Missouri Mentor and has presented at literature festivals, SCBWI writing conferences, schools, and homeschool co-ops. Her work is varied, but the themes of justice, individuality, and heritage run throughout them. She is the author of The Flight of the Cliff Bird, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

Twelve-year-old Kenny spends his days on the Chariton River in 1940s rural Missouri with his older brother Jim and their two best friends, swimming, fishing, and roaming the countryside. Kenny's love of the resplendent beauty of the river bottomlands is almost as boundless as his love for Jim, but his fidelity to his older brother has begun, at times, to feel misguided.

When a new boy, Henry, moves into the area, Jim takes a disliking to him almost immediately. Not only is he poor and living in an abusive home, but Henry, in his calm, understated way, is better at nearly everything, and it is obvious to everyone that he has more honor and integrity than Jim. Kenny likes Henry, and Jim's unfair and increasingly vicious behavior toward the boy places Kenny in a position in which he feels he must choose between loyalty to his brother and a defense of what he knows to be right.

Set against the backdrop of World War II, Kenny's inner turmoil is a reflection of the events playing out across the ocean. The decision that Kenny must make is agonizing, its consequences unthinkable no matter which path he chooses. This achingly beautiful novel is a poignant story told in the authentic voice of a boy who is forced to face the truth of who he is—as a brother, as a friend, and as a human being.

Review:
"Playing out against the small foreground of local events is a big story on the world stage: over in Europe, another dominating individual is bending all of Europe to his sway. Kenny comes to realize that trivial-seeming decisions can have big consequences, and a tyrant is a tyrant, no matter how petty. Readers will appreciate the authentic feel of the times and the interplay between characters." – Redeemedreader.com

Author Leslie J. Wyatt learned first-hand about the Chariton River bottoms from someone who grew up there. "Listening to his stories was like stepping into a bygone age. I began to wish I could capture them for my children and all the other children in the world who would never get to live that life."

Wyatt’s writing credits include a previous historical novel and more than 200 stories and articles in national magazines. A two-time graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), she served as 2010 SCBWI Missouri Mentor and has presented at literature festivals, SCBWI writing conferences, schools, and homeschool co-ops. Her work is varied, but the themes of justice, individuality, and heritage run throughout them. She is the author of The Flight of the Cliff Bird, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

River Rats Cover

River Rats Sample Pages:

Links

Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School

Author: Mull, David Kenneth

Subjects: School Experience; Leadership; Friendship; Football

Age: 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 978-0-89824-394-9

Order code: 3949

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3949S

Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School Cover

It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

It was a great year, that year Charlie went to high school in the Denver area. He had a turn at playing football for a legendary coach, and he became good friends with a beautiful cheerleader. He had an extraordinary English teacher and got one of his stories made into a play, which was performed. He made many good friends, but he encountered unexpected problems.  

The football coach was abusive, and he did not like the English teacher. The cheerleader and her family were loyal to the football coach, while Charlie preferred his English teacher. These divisions grew into wide chasms that Charlie was forced to deal with in order to maintain his friendships.

Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School Cover

Charlie's Rocky Mountain High School Sample Pages:

You are viewing Home-based Switch to school-based