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Students can use this acronym to help them remember that people with good character are terrific:
T rustworthiness
R espect
R esponsibility
F airness
C aring
C itizenship

Six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic device above(T R R F C C) to help them remember.

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

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Leadership Characteristics

Holden Leadership Center • University of Oregon • wrote:

Proactive Vs. Reactive
The exceptional leader is always thinking three steps ahead. Working to master his/her own environment with the goal of avoiding problems before they arise.

How do you handle yourself in unexpected or uncomfortable situations? An effective leader will adapt to new surroundings and situations, doing his/her best to adjust.

A Good Communicator
As a leader, one must listen...a lot! You must be willing to work to understand the needs and desires of others. A good leader asks many questions, considers all options, and leads in the right direction.

Treating others with respect will ultimately earn respect.

Quiet Confidence
Be sure of yourself with humble intentions.

Excitement is contagious. When a leader is motivated and excited about the cause people will be more inclined to follow.

Work to consider all options when making decisions. A strong leader will evaluate the input from all interested parties and work for the betterment of the whole.

Utilize the resources available to you. If you don't know the answer to something find out by asking questions. A leader must create access to information.

An exceptional leader will recognize the efforts of others and reinforce those actions. We all enjoy being recognized for our actions!

Well Educated
Knowledge is power. Work to be well educated on community policies, procedures, organizational norms, etc. Further, your knowledge of issues and information will only increase your success in leading others.

Open to Change
A leader will take into account all points of view and will be willing to change a policy, program, cultural tradition that is out-dated, or no longer beneficial to the group as a whole.

Interested in Feedback
How do people feel about your leadership skill set? How can you improve? These are important questions that a leader needs to constantly ask the chapter. View feedback as a gift to improve.

Evaluation of events and programs is essential for an organization/group to improve and progress. An exceptional leader will constantly evaluate and change programs and policies that are not working.

Are you prepared for meetings, presentations, events and confident that people around you are prepared and organized as well?

Confidence and respect cannot be attained without your leadership being consistent. People must have confidence that their opinions and thoughts will be heard and taken into consideration.

An exceptional leader realizes that he/she cannot accomplish everything on his own. A leader will know the talents and interests of people around him/her, thus delegating tasks accordingly.

A leader should work to be the motivator. An initiator. He/she must be a key element in the planning and implementing new ideas, programs, policies, events, etc.

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Key skills
I can:
meet deadlines
supervise others
solve problems
teach others and give clear instructions
manage people
organize and manage projects
speak in public
accept responsibility
plan daily work or special events
follow instructions
generate creative solutions to problems

Hands-on skills
I can:
assemble kits
build or repair things
work well with my hands
operate tools or machinery
use complex equipment
drive or operate vehicles
inspect and maintain equipment or vehicles

Data/information skills
I can:
make a budget, manage money
record facts, classify information by date
analyze data, audit and maintain records
check information for accuracy
pay attention to details
investigate and clarify results
locate answers, gather information
calculate or compute
take inventory
keep financial records
research and write reports

Leadership skills
I can:
arrange meetings or social functions
be competitive when necessary
make decisions
direct the work of others
help set goals for my team
explain things to others
solve problems
motivate people
settle disagreements
plan activities and put them into action
take risks when necessary
organize and chair a meeting
show self-confidence

People skills
I can:
help and care for others
manage conflicts, resolve issues
counsel people
be tactful and diplomatic
interview people
be kind and understanding
be a good listener
be outgoing
show patience
be pleasant and sociable
supervise, teach
be tough when necessary
trust people
trust my instincts

Creative/artistic skills
I can:
be artistic
write short stories or articles
draw or create other art
express myself through music, poetry, or art
design posters, draw cartoons and illustrations
perform and act
present artistic ideas
dance, create body movement
use computers to create presentations
design and lay out Web pages

Verbal/communication skills
I can:
clearly express myself
talk easily with others
create and talk about new ideas
design presentations
be inventive
conduct research in a library or on the Internet
set up my own network of experts or helpers
be logical
speak in public
write clear and concise reports
work well with others

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Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills 2000+ wrote:

The skills you need to enter, stay in, and progress in the world of work—whether you work on your own or as a part of a team.

These skills can also be applied and used beyond the workplace in a range of daily activities.

Fundamental Skills
The skills needed as a basis for further development
You will be better prepared to progress in the world of work when you can:

   • read and understand information presented in a variety of forms (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams)
   • write and speak so others pay attention and understand
   • listen and ask questions to understand and appreciate the points of view of others
   • share information using a range of information and communications technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers)
   • use relevant scientific, technological, and mathematical knowledge and skills to explain or clarify ideas

   • locate, gather, and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems
   • access, analyze, and apply knowledge and skills from various disciplines (e.g., the arts, languages, science, technology, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities)

   • decide what needs to be measured or calculated
   • observe and record data using appropriate methods, tools, and technology
   • make estimates and verify calculations

   • assess situations and identify problems
   • seek different points of view and evaluate them based on facts
   • recognize the human, interpersonal, technical, scientific, and mathematical dimensions of a problem
   • identify the root cause of a problem
   • be creative and innovative in exploring possible solutions
   • readily use science, technology, and mathematics as ways to think, gain, and share knowledge, solve problems, and make decisions
   • evaluate solutions to make recommendations or decisions
   • implement solutions
   • check to see if a solution works, and act on opportunities for improvement

Personal Management Skills
The personal skills, attitudes, and behaviours that drive one’s potential for growth
You will be able to offer yourself greater possibilities for achievement when you can:

   • feel good about yourself and be confident
   • deal with people, problems, and situations with honesty, integrity, and personal ethics
   • recognize your own and other people’s good efforts
   • take care of your personal health
   • show interest, initiative, and effort

   • set goals and priorities balancing work and personal life
   • plan and manage time, money, and other resources to achieve goals
   • assess, weigh, and manage risk
   • be accountable for your actions and the actions of your group
   • be socially responsible and contribute to your community

   • work independently or as part of a team
   • carry out multiple tasks or projects
   • be innovative and resourceful: identify and suggest alternative ways to achieve goals and get the job done
   • be open and respond constructively to change
   • learn from your mistakes and accept feedback
   • cope with uncertainty

   • be willing to continuously learn and grow
   • assess personal strengths and areas for development
   • set your own learning goals
   • identify and access learning sources and opportunities
   • plan for and achieve your learning goals

   • be aware of personal and group health and safety practices and procedures, and act in accordance with them

Teamwork Skills
The skills and attributes needed to contribute productively
You will be better prepared to add value to the outcomes of a task, project, or team when you can:

   • understand and work within the dynamics of a group
   • ensure that a team’s purpose and objectives are clear
   • be flexible: respect, and be open to and supportive of the thoughts, opinions, and contributions of others in a group
   • recognize and respect people’s diversity, individual differences, and perspectives
   • accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate manner
   • contribute to a team by sharing information and expertise
   • lead or support when appropriate, motivating a group for high performance
   • understand the role of conflict in a group to reach solutions
   • manage and resolve conflict when appropriate

   • plan, design, or carry out a project or task from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes
   • develop a plan, seek feedback, test, revise, and implement
   • work to agreed-upon quality standards and specifications
   • select and use appropriate tools and technology for a task or project
   • adapt to changing requirements and information
   • continuously monitor the success of a project or task and identify ways to improve … kills.aspx

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