Watch Now: Executive Mentor Roundtable on Next Level Leadership

October 1, 2020

Check out DECA’s Executive Mentor Roundtable on “Next Level Leadership." Four executives share how they have harnessed the power of leadership to impact others and offer advice on how you can take your leadership to the next level.

Moderated by Catherine Horton, DECA High School Division President, the panel includes:

  • Kathy Kauffmann, Muscular Dystrophy Association Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Development Officer
  • Colonel Mark Olsen, United States Army Cadet Command 5th Brigade Commander
  • Willis Turner, SMEI President & CEO
  • Frank Peterson, DECA Inc. Executive Director

Advisors: Download the Classroom Discussion Guide to use in your classroom.

For more information on Next Level Leadership, check out the September-October 2020 issue of the DECA Direct magazine.


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Discussion Questions

  • 1
    List the four key leadership characteristics mentioned by the panelists. Based on your experience, which of these do you think is the most important and why?
  • 2
    What is “green light thinking” and why is it beneficial for a leader to practice?
  • 3
    Based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, what does it mean to be “effective with people and efficient with things”?
  • 4
    Leaders stay positive and view challenges as opportunities to solve problems. Reflecting on the past several months during the COVID-19 pandemic, share at least three positive things that have happened.

Classroom Connection

Career CLuster:

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Performance Indicators:

Explain the concept of leadership
Model ethical behavior
Assess personal behavior and values
Demonstrate honesty and integrity
Enlist others in working toward a shared vision
Determine personal vision