“The future leaders of communities and whole nations are with us now, so let us invest well in these children and help them to become a great asset to our world”

Nelson Mandela

LEAD NOW is an Education programme that starts by enabling both parents and teachers to explore their own personal leadership. Asking questions such as, “What is keeping my potential from being fulfilled?” and, “Who could I become?”

LEAD NOW is both a leadership-training programme for adults (parents and teachers in particular), and a 12-part lesson guide that then enables the adult to teach these life-principles to children and young people.

The programme calls on every adult working with children and young people to get involved in passing on these essential life-principles and leadership building blocks, by using the lessons provided.

“This is amazing, LEAD NOW has actually impacted even the studies of the children, not just their behaviour. It shows that MINDSETS are changing.”

Young student teachers in Rwanda learning how to become the authors of their own life story.

The response of a 10 year old child in the UK.

Children in Kenya learning how to develop good heart and character.

Every parent and teacher instinctually holds a hope that the children in their care will somehow grow up into adults who have collected the skills and mind-sets that will enable them to LEAD themselves well. Having developed the ability to manage life’s challenges, a brave and courageous heart and learnt to navigate failure and become resilient by nature.

But ‘hoping’ is not enough; we need to become much more intentional. Effective and inspirational leaders are created intentionally and it is crucial that they all learn to become the leader of their own life first.

Life leadership principles are simple to learn, but not easy to practice. For example, it is not difficult to teach a ten year old what it means to be ‘Pro-active’ in life, but it takes a lifetime to learn to live ‘pro-actively’ every day.

In LEAD NOW both adults and children cover the same content material – one appropriate for adults and the other for children. Some of the 12 learning topics covered are:

  • Discover my potential
  • Develop my heart & character
  • Challenge my small mind-sets (self limiting mind-sets)
  • Learning how to write my life-story
  • Managing my money
  • Leading a project (using my leadership to benefit others)

The young people of the world are the leaders of the future. They are already with us and they look to the adults around them to help and equip them to flourish and emerge into great leaders of the future.

For more information contact jane@emerging-leaders.net


“When I learnt about my own amazing potential I then began to see the potential in the little children in my class….I didn’t used to. Before I was quick to get angry with them, but now I show them more respect” – Teacher in Rwanda

Impact results from a school in Kenya, from 350 pupils aged 8 to 13 years

131 BILLION children worldwide are living in poverty*

They are part of the 2.5 billion who have no adequate sanitation, which denies them a healthy start to life. They live with fragile food security and they must learn how to survive around violence and the insecurity that is associated with poverty.

But whether you are a Syrian child in a refugee camp in Lebanon, a child living rough on the streets of Mumbai, a child in a favela in South America or a child living in a deprived housing estate in the UK – children will always be able to tell you their dreams. “I want to be a teacher, a dancer, a writer, a lawyer or an astronaut……….” they always know and never shy away from telling you, when given the opportunity. The desire to LEAD themselves is already there.

“Leadership is the ability to create a story that affects the thoughts, feeling and actions of others”
– Howard Gardner
…and all children inherently know that they have potential and a story that they want to write.

39Whatever the awful circumstances that overcrowd a child’s dreams, the dream never dies. The dreams just sleep and wait for someone to call to them, wake them up, put courage into them, create leadership mind-sets (new ways of thinking), mentor and support them.

Emerging Leaders has recognised the need to help children to learn, in their early years, how to LEAD their own lives.

Before we are ever able to take the role of a Leader, we have to learn what it means to LEAD our own lives and our relationships.

The programme can be delivered into schools by trained teachers, or by trusted youth workers within the community. It provides a minimum of 12hrs of fun, kinaesthetic, leadership training, which culminates in every child running a small project to benefit their community – to exercise their new Leadership muscle.

*UNICEF 2015


Indiscipline & Bullying

There was a 26% fall in reported indiscipline & behavior such a bullying, fighting and inter-pupil conflict; a fall from 6-8 reports of bad behavior to the Deputy heads office a week, to almost zero.

Class Participation

Class participation increased by 20% and teachers remarked on children showing greater facial expression (smiling and laughter) and greater confidence during discussions in class.

Homework Submitted

Almost immediately we noticed that the children’s attitude to study improved: a 25% increase in homework being submitted, more children were asking for help with schoolwork & school attendance went up by 23%.

Exam Grades

In mid-term exams we saw an impressive improvement of grades by 76% across the school: an increase in Mathematics exam results by 56% & 76% in English.

*Impact Data taken from one primary school in Kenya where 550 pupils, aged 8-13 years, received 15hrs of the LEAD NOW programme


“Nowadays I plan my week before it starts, I know what subjects I want to work on and improve, I pick two subjects per week. I make sure that the week is not taking my life-pen from me and writing my story. I lift up my head and ask myself, ‘How do I want my week to look like… I have my pen, what kind of a story do I want to write in my studies this week?’ This programme has helped me become proactive and I can keep my focus, for I know what to do at each time of the day.”
“I believed in my own Potential, I set goals for myself in every aspect of my life. I said to myself, 300 and above is where my FOCUS must be.”
“I realized that I was always angry and fighting in class. I was always spending time outside class, because of bullying and fighting. I said to myself, ‘if I don’t work on my CHARACTER first, then I was always going to be a SMALL PERSON and not the BIG PERSON I really want to be’. I had to CHANGE SOMETHING so that I could concentrate in class and be a better person, which has given me more time to FOCUS and study.”


“I saw the pupils working hard, regardless of their positions in class. I noticed a child in my class who improved in her score, but she was still last in positions, yet she was happy and smiling. She said she would keep working hard towards getting a better score in the future. I have noticed that the SELF ESTEEM in class is high, which tells a lot about how they FEEL and SEE THEMSELVES.”
“This is amazing, LEAD NOW has actually impacted even the studies of the children, not just their behaviour. It shows that MINDSETS are changing.”
“This latest exam was difficult, it was really hard. Two thirds of the questions set in these mid-term exams had not been covered, yet we saw the children being positive. They didn’t panic; instead they were calm and lead their studies. It showed them what LEADERSHIP looks like in action.”


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