Leadership & Entrepreneurship
Leadership and entrepreneurship are the foundational pieces of iLEAD. Through individual, group, and community projects, students are encouraged to grow their leadership skills and develop an entrepreneurial spirit. Many forms of leadership opportunities are incorporated into students' individual learning plans, such as working in large and small groups to experience different types of leadership roles.
Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit in students requires that they understand their leadership style, develop critical thinking skills, and also are willing to take risks. While students may not create an invention or develop a business plan for each project, iLEAD helps provide them the background knowledge to do so if they choose. Students are also taught to be intra-preneurs—those individuals who can go to work for another business or company and be a valuable, creative employee-leader. iLEAD students take ownership for their ideas and put them into an action plan.
If they experience stumbling blocks along the way, iLEAD provides the educational support to teach and empower students to re-think, re-learn, re-design, and try again. The ability to learn how to overcome obstacles is key to cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit in our students.