By Utah National Parks Council
Jul 09, 2017

Let Them Lead: The Leading EDGE

Leadership in the Church has always been about helping others understand the gospel until they are enabled doers.

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest” Proverbs 6: 6–8.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Family and church leaders serve the Lord by serving those they lead, just as He did when he was here on earth. The Savior was the perfect leader and at the same time the perfect servant. Like him we should learn to be servant leaders and strive to understand the needs of the people we serve.

What leaders have had the greatest effect on you throughout your life?

What have you done to become a better leader?

What do the youth need to do to become better leaders?

How can you encourage them to get there?

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will help the youth learn the importance of using the leading EDGE?

Teaching in the Savior’s way

View: Teaching Leadership from the LDS Leadership Training Library to see how teachers help others learn to lead. There are many other videos in this library that you may find useful in preparing this lesson.

The Savior loved those He taught. He patiently led them where he felt they needed to go. What can you do to follow His example? 

Materials Needed





  • Posters/flip charts at the front of the session area:
    • Duties of class and Quorum presidents
    • Scout Oath & Law and Young Women Values
  • Poster stating: “Successful leadership is based on the values defined by Young Women Values and the Scout Oath & Law.”
  • Leadership Compass with quadrants marked Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing and Leading EDGE (see Team Development and the Leading EDGE for example)  

Make connections

During the first few minutes of each session, help the youth make connections between  various other back home settings (such as personal study, seminary, other Church classes, or experiences with their friends). Also see if youth can recall leadership sessions (communication, vision, goals, planning, and team development) up until this point to see if it is helping with Mutual. Can you help them see relevance to these things in gospel living? The ideas below might help:

  • Invite the youth to share experiences they have had during leadership training and Mutual activities that have reinforced a gospel truth.
  • Share your testimony of the Savior as the supreme servant leader.

Learn Together

Each of the activities below can help the youth understand the foundation of leadership embedded in the Young Women Values and Scout Oath & Law, receive an introduction to servant leadership and come to understand the concept of EDGE in leading. Complete each of the three sections by prayerfully selecting one or more activity in each section that resonates with you and will work best for your class or quorum:

  1. Discuss ways the Scout Oath and Law and Young Women’s Values provide an ethical foundation for leadership
    Choose from these activities:
  • Briefly play a game of Simon Says. Then ask: Is Simon a leader? Is he a good leader? Have any of you seen a person that leads like Simon? Tell us about it.
  • Divide the group into Young Men and Women to discuss how parts of the Scout Oath and Law and Young Women’s Values would make them better leaders. Have the two groups report on their discussion. Ask, do the Law and Values help others? Review each point. Ask, do the Law and Values help you? Review each point.
  • Read from Handbook 2 the duties of class and quorum presidents. Then ask which of their duties encourage behaviors to act like Simon in the Simon Says game. Make this key point: Almost all of these duties, and perhaps every one of them, puts the members first and the leader second.
  • Other activities to demonstrate qualities of a good leader as you are inspired
  1. Explain what is meant by servant leadership, and talk about the benefits of that idea of leading.
    Choose from these activities:

    • Read and discuss Matthew 20:25–28, Luke 22:25–27, John 13:12–16 and Mosiah 2:17. What does this teach us about leading and serving? Youth will discuss this point further in a future lesson on servant leadership.
    • Review the duties of quorum and class presidents that are posted on the charts in the “Materials Needed” section to outline traits of servant leadership. Look for verbs that suggest ministry and service. Discuss how service plays a role in these duties.
    • Make this point: The most effective leaders put those they are leading first. Ask, what are the advantages for a leader who uses others-first leadership? Ask, as a team member, what would it be like to have a leader who uses others-first leadership?
    • Other activities to demonstrate servant leadership as you are inspired
  2. Describe the four leadership approaches included in the Leading EDGE, and tell which approach is most appropriate for each phase of team development
    Choose from these activities:
  • Remind the group of the four stages of Team Development, discussed previously (Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing) as you put the Leadership Compass at the front of the training area.
  • Show video clip 3-35, The Leading EDGE (Part One), which begins, “There is a big difference between being the leader and being the boss.”
  • Using Team Development and the Leading EDGE and the posters or Leadership Compass, help the group consider how explaining, demonstrating, guiding and enabling run parallel to the stages of Team Development
  • Divide into classes and quorums and look for examples in church history or in the scriptures where leaders used the EDGE method. Did the Savior used it?
  • Other activities to demonstrate different leadership approaches as you are inspired

Invite to Act

Lead a reflection on this session to help the group bring out these points or others they found important:

  • Good leadership is using your knowledge and your character to bring others closer to achieving a shared vision.
  • Good leadership is others-first leadership.
  • As leaders, we have to make choices.
  • We have the Young Women’s Values and the Scout Oath and Law to guide us, as well as the example of many Church leaders and others whose character we admire and whose qualities we want to have in our own lives. That is our foundation for effective leadership choices.

Ask the youth what they think they need to do back home to use the concepts in this session. Give the youth 10 minutes to consider ways they will apply the concepts discussed. Ask them to journal their thoughts.

Do they need to make changes in their vision and goals? Does their squad need to talk about their stage of team development? Do they need to help the leader use EDGE better?

Discuss with the youth what their next skill application challenge will be. Ask them to consider how what they’ve learned about servant leadership applies to the challenge. Encourage them to apply their new skills and ideas to the activity.

This series was adapted from National Youth Leader Training to help leaders teach LDS youth leadership skills so that those leaders can confidently “Let Them Lead.”

Authors: Maria Milligan and Darryl Alder | LDS NYLT writing team; at Utah National Parks Council, Maria is Chief of Staff and Darryl is Strategic Initiatives Director. Together they help LDS Stakes meet their camping and training needs in a customized basis.


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