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The Student Leadership Challenge, 3rd Edition by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes

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1Commitment #1: Clarify Values

Who are you?” This is the first question people want you to answer if they are going to follow you. Your leadership journey begins when you set out to know “this is who I am” and are able and willing to express it. John Banghoff, for example, knew that he wanted to be in his university's marching band since he was nine years old, when he attended his first college football game with his father. Making the band his freshman year felt like a dream come true. “I was on cloud nine,” John said. “It was the coolest experience to hear my name called.”

Shortly after that, the band's student leaders took John and his new bandmates under the bleachers, where they passed around a flask; afterwards, the leaders took new ...

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