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Speaking Partner Appointment: Leadership and Learning

Read the following excerpt (part of an article or book) to your Speaking Partner. Read it one time through, and discuss pronunciation, unfamiliar phrases, or vocabulary words. Discuss what you think the excerpt is about.

The Need for Good Leaders and Good Followers

People everywhere are looking for someone to follow—for someone to lead them. A leader is a person who goes ahead of others to direct or guide them or to show them how to do something. Leaders not only tell others what to do and how to do it, they also show them by example. Leaders help others grow.

We look to our parents and friends and to our community and Church leaders for direction and leadership. We listen to their words and observe their actions. Often we pattern our lives after the advice they give us, or we follow what we see them do. Teachers lead us as they instruct us, and we learn to follow their instructions.

Each of us is a leader. Nearly every person at some time, somewhere, in some way leads another person or a group. Our lives touch the lives of others, and we influence them whether or not we intend to. Our influence, which is different from that of anyone else, is our leadership.

(from “Developing Leadership,” Lesson 29, The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B)

Read the excerpt a second time, and then discuss with your Speaking Partner the qualities that make a good leader. You can begin with the following qualities:
  • Persuasive
  • Long-suffering
  • Gentleness
  • Meekness
  • Sincere Love
  • Kindness
  • Charity