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

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Introduction: When People Are at Their Best as Leaders

Madeline Price grew up on a beef cattle farm in rural Queensland, Australia. After high school graduation, she joined fifteen other recent graduates on a trip to see the world and do volunteer work along the way in Cambodia and Thailand. While visiting a school in Cambodia, Madeline noticed that all twenty-three students in the first-grade classroom were male. When she asked the teacher where the girls were, she was shocked by his answer: “Boys are more valuable to educate,” he told Madeline.1

As soon as she got back to Australia, it clicked that the teacher's answer represented a problem that occurred everywhere. “I just hadn't perceived it yet,” Madeline said. “But those simple words, ...

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