Choosing a Leader

This lesson assumes that you did decide to choose a leader and leadership committee in the previous lesson. If you decided differently, don’t worry: there will be a chance to consider this in the next lesson.

Discussion points

  • What do you think makes a good leader?
  • How important is the work and life experience a leader has?
  • What skills does a leader need? Does personality matter?
  • How does a leader need to relate to the people they lead?

Meet the community

Have a look through the cards and consider the value of the transferable skills each of these people might bring to the community.


Time to choose a leader

You can play this in two different ways. Your teacher/facilitator will let you know which to do, based on time available or skills they’d like you to focus on.

  1. Choose characters for the members of your discussion group to play. Imagine the strengths your character might bring to leadership and make some notes. You each get a minute to convince the group why you — as your character — would make a good leader. After all speeches have been made, select one or more leaders by vote. OR
  2. Click on the characters you think might make a good leader, and listen to them explain why they think they would. In your discussion group, select one or more leaders by vote.

Version 1

  1. Select the characters you want to play, or generate them using the random generator (avoiding duplication!).
  2. Imagine the strengths your character might bring to leadership and make some notes.
  3. In one minute, make a speech in which your character explains why they would make a good leader.
  4. After all the speeches, vote on your preferred leader or leaders. You will need to decide how you will ratify the decision (majority, preferred five candidates, etc.).



Version 2

  1. Use the buttons below to click on candidates to see why they might make a good leader.
  2. Discuss your thoughts, developing on what you know about your preferred candidate.
  3. Vote on your preferred leader or leaders. You will need to decide how you will ratify the decision (majority, preferred five candidates, etc.).
A white fem-presenting person with dark hair in a decorative hairband aged around 30.
A white fem-presenting person with thick auburn wavy shoulder-length hair, aged early 40s.
A masc-presenting person of east-Asian ethnic appearance, with coiffed short dark hair, aged around 22.
A white bearded masc-presenting person with glasses, aged early 60s.
A white fem-presenting person with glasses and short brown hair, aged around 65.
A fem-presenting person with glasses, long brown hair with fringe, aged late 20s.
A black fem-presenting person in her late 30s, with full thick brown curly hair to the shoulders.
A black masc-presenting person with shaved head and beard, aged around 40.
A light-skinned woman with long dark hair and red lipstick, aged around 30.
A white masc-presenting person with brown hair and beard, aged late 30s
A light skinned fem-presenting person with short wavy hair, aged about 50.
A white fem-presenting person with long light hair, aged late 30s.
A masc-presenting black person with short hair and beard, aged early 40s.
A gender-fluid presenting white person with short curly brown hair and a septum piercing.
A masc-presenting white person with brown hair and beard, aged around 40.
A masc-presenting white person with brown hair, greying beard, and glasses, aged early 40s.
A brown masc-presenting person with greying dark hair, moustache, and stubble, aged around 60.
A black fem-presenting person with long straight dark hair, aged around 25.
A light-skinned fem-presenting person with short dark hair, bandana, and glasses, with a septum piercing, aged early 20s.
A white person with gender-fluid appearance, short brown hair, glasses, aged mid-20s.
A masc-presenting white person in a beanie hat, aged early 20s.
A white fem-presenting person with long wavy blonde hair, aged around 40.
A white masc-presenting person with receding brown hair, aged around 50.
A white fem-presenting person with long red hair, in her early 40s.
A black masc-presenting person with thick dark beard, wearing a beanie hat, aged early 30s.
A fem-presenting white person with a brown bob haircut, aged around 20.
A masc-presenting white person with goatee beard and scruffy blond hair, with glasses, aged around 20.
A brown masc-presenting person with curly dark hair and
A white fem-presenting person with straight long blonde hair, extended lashes, and a pink baseball cap, aged around 20.
A brown fem-presenting person with glasses and long dark hair, aged mid 20s.

Challenge Your Preconceptions: Watch the video below then look over your decisions so far.


Once you’re happy with the decisions in your group, take the quiz to share your outcomes.

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