There’s no better way to develop leadership skills than to practice, practice, practice. That is exactly what Conner Lovelace and Mikolas Melius, students at Lee’s Summit High School, did while attending the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Leadership in Practice program.
Lovelace and Melius joined more than 120 high school students who were selected as future leaders from schools across the state. Held on June 22-25 on the Westminster campus in Fulton, Leadership in Practice is designed to provide young Missourians with the opportunity to learn what it takes to be an effective leader in their schools and communities.
All participants were students between their freshman and sophomore years in high school. With help from Missouri business leaders and educators, the students learned firsthand about how to successfully work together as a team and individually as a leader.
The students were challenged to use leadership skills in activities that simulated real-life situations. Working in small groups, the students developed business plans for a new product or service. Participants were also encouraged to set goals for themselves for their development as leaders.
Leadership in Practice is part of a youth leadership educational program that was created by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1962. It is funded through scholarships provided by state businesses and civic organizations.