Be A Leader

The Compelling Why Leadership Series consists of facilitated conversations by corporate volunteers who incorporate TED Talks, movie clips and their personal professional experiences to help raise students’ awareness and understanding of the leadership attributes (integrity, commitment, emotional intelligence and collaboration) required for success in today’s globally competitive workforce.

Industry needs workers who not only understand the core skills of their chosen profession but who also possess the leadership qualities that help promote organizational success. These are the same qualities colleges and universities seek in their student bodies. These are attributes every student needs to create their best reality.

Due to the uncertainty in how schools will reopen this school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Compelling Why is modifying its programming to allow delivery through traditional in-person, virtual or hybrid models.

Now more than ever, Compelling Why connections to authentic role models are needed to amplify school strategies to engage and empower students to overcome academic, social, and emotional barriers to their success and equip them with the leadership attributes employers desire in an ever-changing globally competitive environment.

Four Indicators of Leadership Excellence


Leaders build trust through integrity and by being honest, fair, and behaving in an ethical manner.


Leaders build commitment through passion, resilience, and by getting results.

Emotional Intelligence

Involves understanding your emotions and the emotions of the people around you.


Leaders build successful teams through collaboration and driving for the best results of the team, even if that means sacrificing personal desires.

Volunteer facilitators encourage students to explore questions surrounding the above leadership characteristics while using their personal and professional leadership experiences to encourage students to think about and consider how those characteristics can be applied in their lives as students, friends, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. 

Student awareness and understanding of these attributes will position them well for future academic and career pursuits.

The Leadership Series taught me a lot. My peers and I enjoyed it very much! A few things we discussed will stay in my mind forever…the topic[s] of emotional intelligence and integrity and commitment. I believe it will help me become a better version of myself. My friends and I hope to participate in more sessions in the future!
8th Grade Student
Richardson ISD

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