Japhet School

National School of Character

Preschool - 8th Grade

Preschool - 8th Grade


I started this year’s Leadership Class by sharing a variety of quotes on leadership with our 7th/8th grade students.  I asked students to identify the quote that inspired them and/or added to their understanding of leadership.

“Leaders aren’t born they are made.  And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.  And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.”  ~ Vince Lombardi

Student reflection:  This quote shows me that if someone doesn’t seem like a leaders it doesn’t mean that they aren’t one.  We can all work hard and make a leader out of ourselves.

Student reflection:  I’m inspired by this quote because it means I can still grow into a leader and that I can develop leadership skills.  There is not only one chance to be a leader – each day is a new chance.

“If there is no wind, row.”  ~ Latin Proverb

Student reflection:  If there are not people who are going to guide you to start something, you have to do it yourself.  You have to start it without that first push from anyone.  This inspires me, because it urges me to act, to express initiative, and it is straight to the point.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~ John Quincey Adams

Student reflection:  I think once you start something that has a positive impact and inspires others you should try and continue it.  This will inspire more and more people to act as leaders and there will be a positive impact on the world.

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