Given the challenges facing society today, we need our G/T students stepping into leadership roles and offering creative solutions more than ever before. When we provide the right instruction and an atmosphere that encourages creativity, our students don’t have to wait for the future to begin making a difference; they can help change the world today!
Giftedness, Creativity and Leadership
Gifted leaders, especially creative thinkers, are the hope of our future. Many of the characteristics of the creatively gifted also imply potential for leadership development: preference for complexity, original solutions to problems, refusal to accept the status quo, and extreme sensitivity and idealism. However, this potential is often neither recognized, nor fully developed.
In this course you will learn:
- The connection between characteristics of creativity and of leadership
- How creativity and leadership intersect with the characteristics of gifted individuals
- Ways to develop skills that can enhance both creativity and leadership potential
Benny Hickerson, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor of gifted/talented education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is also a private consultant and a frequent presenter and speaker for staff development. Dr. Hickerson has served as a K-12 district and campus administrator, a classroom teacher in both public and private schools, as well as an undergraduate and graduate level teacher. As a K-12 administrator, she was instrumental in developing and coordinating curriculum and program services for G/T students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Dr. Hickerson served on the Board of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) from 1993-1999, serving as TAGT Board President in 1998.