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Everyone is born with the capacity to lead. In fact, research proves that leadership can be learned, practiced, and mastered by anyone. Leadership starts with taking the lead in your own life and expands to include taking the lead in your activities, your projects, and your work.


In this workbook, you’ll find a set of reflections and processes designed to develop the mindset and skills that are essential for you to Lead Well, Be Well, and Do Well in today’s highly competitive world. START provides a path to explore and connect

• who you are at your best

• what you care about most

• how to take the lead in making a difference

• in ways that are meaningful to you and

• that have value in the world.


With this process, taking the lead offers a path in life that is more enjoyable, more engaging, and more rewarding. You’ll find greater satisfaction, joy, and hope, even in the midst of working hard and facing the inevitable challenges of school and life. When you practice the skills to lead well in your own life, you’ll develop the attributes of effective leaders that are essential for broad success and happiness.



What Students have to say


"Using the START principles has allowed me to map my purpose and meaning in my life. Through START's leadership process I have identified how my innate wiring and skills can help to address needs in the world around me. Choosing to address problems about which I am passionate creates a profound sense of satisfaction. START is not a quick or easy solution, it is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to an effective process. Getting to know that process and beginning to engage with it to discover how it might fit into the structure of your own life and the lives of those close to you is some of the most important work we can do."  

   Recent College Graduate introduced to START in the 3rd Grade


“At the beginning of this year, I thought being a leader was about making me better. But now, at the end of the year, I know being a leader is about making everyone around me better.”

     5th Grader, The Haverford School


What parents have to say


"The turnaround in my middle school age kids has been remarkable. Now that I’m supporting them in developing their leadership skills and am transferring responsibility for their work to them - they are happier, more engaged, and more intrinsically motivated."

     Parent of 6th and 8th Graders


About the Author


Laurie Bodine, MBA is the Founder of START Leadership, an education and training company in San Francisco.  Laurie applies her 25 years of experience working with and for Fortune 500 companies in marketing, technology development, strategy, and leadership to support parents and teachers in developing the leadership skills kids/students need to thrive and propser.


START Leadership: Student Workbook

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