Write the words “Great Leaders” on the whiteboard. As your students enter and settle in, engage in conversation about who they think the greatest leaders (past or present) in the world are. Have the students write down the name of the leader(s) on the board while you discuss.
Here’s one person’s opinion of the greatest historical leaders of all times. While we watch, try to notice what characteristics the creator of this list seems to value in a leader.
Share this video with your students [3:47]:
5 Greatest Historical Rulers of all Time
- What traits did the author if this video seem to value in a leader? (Military might, ruling large areas of land, being strong, being tall, being ruthless, etc. Write the students’ answers on the board as they share them.)
- What do you think? Do those traits make a good leader? What traits would you add or subtract? (Answers will vary. Write any additional traits on the board.)
- The leaders in this video were all military leaders. What other kinds of leaders are there in the world? (Presidents, pastors, teachers, coaches, leaders among peer groups, etc.)
- What other traits would you add to the list if we include these types of leaders as well? (They’re kind, thoughtful, willing to work hard, fair, charismatic, etc. Write these traits on the board as well.)
Different people in different time periods value different traits in their leaders. In God’s view, though, the most important trait is always that the leader trusts in Him. Today’s lesson will teach us about a leader that trusted God, even when those around her didn’t.