Inculcating Leadership Quality in Students in the Classroom

Leaders are those who help others and themselves do the right things in the right way. They set direction, for innovation. Leadership is an art of mapping out the path to “win” as a team rather than with individual interests.

In today’s competitive world, to get placed in a reputed organisation, freshers need to have an overall combination of knowledge and skills. It is very important that students enter their career with leadership and interpersonal skills that help them collaborate, communicate and work well in a team/organisation.

It is important to inculcate leadership qualities in students in the classroom, keeping the following techniques in mind:

Teaching integrity and honesty in regular classrooms sessions

Honesty and integrity can be taught in core subject classes such as mathematics and science, with morals like ‘cheating is bad’, ‘plagiarism is unacceptable’, ‘being truthful’, etc. Morality, justice and ethics are needed to be a true leader!

Building trust between teachers and students

One of the best qualities of a leader is to build and maintain trust with the followers. It is the trust that allows them to be approachable in case of clarification of doubts and emergencies. Teachers must demonstrate this kind of trust in the classroom in order to help students inculcate leadership qualities.

Social, cognitive and teaching presence of teachers

The attitude of wanting to learn continuously is important for a leader. This can be inculcated in the students with the teachers being available to them socially – outside the classroom, cognitively – the psychological trust (the belief that the person you are trusting is available, approachable and will be able to fulfill the expectation) and comfort the students feel with the teachers, and in teaching – during the classroom session. This availability of teachers to the students can help them learn being helpful.

Visible Vs hidden curriculum

Students learn more when they observe than what they are taught. Visible curriculum is the curriculum that is listed in the syllabus/ module planned to teach the students. Hidden curriculum is the qualities, skills and behavior that the teachers portray in class that the students observe and learn.

Risk taking

Give space to the students to express why they answered a question asked in an interactive session rather than telling them if they were right or wrong. Most students fail to make creative leaders because of the fear of failure or ridicule injected in them through student days. Making students aware that mistakes are a stepping stone to learning is very important to make leaders.

This leads to openness and readiness in students towards creativity and innovative learning. This innovative learning will lead to open mindedness which is required for an effective leader.

Psychology at Work Today


In today’s life scenario, where the life style, competitions and other external and internal demands on an individual, becomes important to fit into any social set up, a healthy and positive mind is very necessary. Psychology is well needed in every field including education, relationship and marriage, corporate/ industries and clinics.

Psychology at work today is an important department, to keep employees motivated and satisfied to work and perform well. This is not only for the organisational benefits but also for many areas including personal growth and development such as self-confidence, crisis management and problem solving.

Employees spend more than half their day at work and then return to their personal life. Balancing between their personal and professional commitments plays a vital role in maintaining a good physiological, psychological and emotional health.

The article shares pointers from a casual talk with  Anitha, a 28 year old Software Engineer with B.Tech degree, who has has been working in an European based Multi National Company for the last two years (identity and background changed for the article)

What is her experience of balancing personal and professional life?

She says she is more stressed at work than personal life. Sometimes, personal stress can distract her and keeps her from concentrating at work but her work stress does not affect her in her personal life. She never worries about work outside the office. She feels getting right results for her project is a big burden on her. She gets really stressed when she is not able to get a required results and this might affect her performance at work.

How does she cope with the imbalance?

After being suggested, she makes a conscious effort not to be distracted by personal problems at work by scheduling herself with targets for the day and does not allow herself from thinking about her worries. She also tries to go about her projects with a positive attitude that she will be able to reach her set goal for the day before she gets back home. She says she is very successful in her efforts to keep the balance between her personal and professional worries. Although she shared that initially it was difficult to even consciously make efforts in trying to keep the balance between work and life but things have become better with experience and exposure.

What can companies do to help employees maintain the balance?

The HR managers can play an important role in such situations by giving the employees certain space to make independent decisions about their career and life so as to maintain the balance. They can appoint organisational counselors or psychologists to help the employees handle their difficult times in a constructive manner. A supervisor/ manager/ employer can also be given training in being a good mentor for their employees, making them not just good but an effective leader which will improve the quality of the working conditions in the organisation.