Workshop Series

Everyone deserves the chance to feel like a champion! The flightunit’s“ : 7 Pillars of Leadership Workshop Series”  will provide participants with a solid foundation on core elements for establishing a growth mindset and strong performance. As an organization, we know that empowering our young leaders is important so that they can lead their peers in success; this series provides them just what they need to make a positive difference. This workshop series is made for students from grades 6 to 12 and grade 5 (where indicated by “*”). This workshop series is also ideal for staff personal development (where indicated by “@”.).


* All of our workshops can be delivered in person or via online workshops

Principle 1: Power of Thought* @

Principle 1: Power of Thought* @

This workshop will explore the impact that our thoughts have on our actions and our successes and failures. Our thoughts are the seeds of our life. As they grow, they shape our perspective and dictate our experiences. One situation can be viewed in many different ways, and throughout our lives we will face numerous situations that have the power to alter our life's course. This workshop will teach students how to harness the power of their thoughts. This workshop will also look at stress, which arises from our thoughts, and will teach students how to implement stress reduction techniques in their daily lives.

"What we do comes out of who we believe we are.”-Rob Bell

Principle 2: Me, Myself, and I*@

Principle 2: Me, Myself, and I*@

Everything starts and ends with us. Once we take responsibility for our successes and failures, we increase our ability to reach our full potential. This workshop will aid students in creating their own brands/identities while empowering students to be more accountable to themselves. As the famous sayings go, "the world is yours" and "life is what you make it." Thus, the responsibility is on us to own our reality. This workshop will explore the power of choice that we all possess in addition to exploring the concepts of love and fear and their impacts on our decision-making process. The goal of this workshop is to empower students to build a better Me, Myself, and I.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Principle  3: Communication*@

Principle 3: Communication*@

This workshop will examine the concept of communication, one of the most important skills for success in all areas of life. This workshop will allow each student to test how effective of a communicator they are and will teach them strategies on how to improve their communication. This workshop will focus on helping students articulate themselves while developing the mindset of an effective communicator. Furthermore, we will address the impacts of using social media and texting as a primary form of communication. The objective of this workshop is to improve students' lives through the platform of communication and to equip them with the right tools to be effective communicators.

"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." -Peter Drucker

Principle 4: Decisions, Decisions, or Indecision*

Principle 4: Decisions, Decisions, or Indecision*

Quick! If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Question, think, answer. This is a process that we are all familiar with, and creates a different result for everybody. Every day we are faced with decisions and answers, some simple and some difficult, that we must live with. Although there is no way to always reach the right answer, we can develop skill sets to consistently achieve better outcomes. This workshop will engage students through activities that create strategies to aid them in becoming better decision-makers and problem-solvers.

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” -Flora Whittemore

Principle 5: Change & Norms*@

Principle 5: Change & Norms*@

What are some of the major secrets behind the success of our greatest CEO’s, athletes, and philanthropists? Many would answer, "their character traits," and rightfully so. We all possess different traits, both negative and positive. Every year countless companies spend millions, if not billions of dollars searching for people who are the "right fit." Our character traits shape us - they either draw us closer to or pull us further away from people and opportunities. The goal of this workshop is to learn how to develop the right character traits when striving for excellence.

“It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.” -Shannon L. Alder

Principle 6: Success & Failure*@

Principle 6: Success & Failure*@

Throughout our lives we will all face situations that will either make us or break us. Life is full of challenges. Each challenge tests who we are, and how we choose respond to challenges affects our life’s trajectory. We commonly hear about the strong connection between mental toughness and highly successful people, but we never hear about the steps necessary to achieve either one. This workshop will show students how to increase mental resilience and persistence in order to achieve greater overall success. This workshop will also touch on comfort levels, the power of perspective, and the importance of resource maximization.

“When we long for a life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." -Peter Marshall

Principle 7: Flightunit*@

Principle 7: Flightunit*@

We all have a team around us. The question is, do we know who our teammates are? Are they helping us succeed, or weighing us down? In order to reach our full potential, we must understand the impact that other people can have on us. We all need people in our lives. Having the right people around us can mean the difference between excelling or looking back with regret. This workshop will introduce students to the highly effective “flightunit” philosophy and will help them establish a unit of people dedicated to their success.

“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.”-Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

Feather #1: Me, Myself, and I

We are seldom aware of the power of our own presence. The presence of a single person can alter conversations and drastically change the overall mood. It is important to understand what type of influence we currently have and want to have on others.

Me, Myself, and I is the foundation principle of our “Feather” system. We have chosen this as our first Feather to emphasize the importance of self, self-awareness, and self-development. We believe that in order to advance in life, one must commit to their personal growth. Our daily choices dictate the boundaries of our growth – they can be our road to success or our path to failure. Discovering who we are is no simple task, but when we do, we unlock the keys to our success.

Questions for Reflection:
1) What motivates me?

2) What are my thoughts and beliefs?
a) Am I confident in them?

3) Who do I surround myself with?
a) What impact are they having on me?
b) What do we have in common?

4) Where do my thoughts take me when my mind wanders?
a) Are these thoughts positive and allow me to grow or are they negative and are harmful?

5) What are the major influences on my decision-making process? (e.g. personal success, public opinion, time commitments, ego, media, etc.)
a) Does how I spend my time reflect this?
b) How do these influences enrich me as a person?

Bonus Questions:
This Feather is so important for growth and success, we have provided bonus questions that will allow for a thorough self-examination.

6) Am I honest with myself and others?
a) Can others be brutally honest with me?

7) Am I aware of my mistakes?
a) Am I learning from them?

8) Which has a greater impact on my decisions, fear or courage?

9) Am I able to forgive others?
a) Am I able to forgive myself for my thoughts and actions?
b) Can I face conflict with the goal of reaching a resolution and learning from it?

10) What do I want people to say about me when I am not around them?

Benefits of Feather #1:
There’s an English writer named John Brown who said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Everything begins and ends with us. The choice to be phenomenal or to live a disappointing life lies within our hands. We are creatures of habit – it is crucial that we develop the right habits and a growth mindset for success. With the right mindset we can become unstoppable!

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Allocate time to reflect everyday
2) Do not limit yourself

Feather #2: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health

Our physical, mental, and spiritual health play a significant role in shaping our ability to live life to the fullest. Although we are complex creatures, we are a single mind, body, and soul, and therefore everything we do impacts every aspect of our well-being. It is important to have balance to ensure that we are creating greater opportunities for growth, health, and happiness.

Questions for Reflection:
1) How physically active am I?

2) Do I take the time to learn what I am putting into my body?

3) Do I have faith in a higher power?
a) If so, how am I developing and strengthening my faith?

4) Am I aware of what causes me stress?
a) What do I do to de-stress?

5) Do I have a support system?
a) If so, who is a member of my support system?

Benefits of Feather #2:
When we acknowledge the different aspects of ourselves, we enhance our ability to live enriched lives. Other benefits of being balanced include increased self-confidence, energy levels, and happiness.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Clarify what mind, body, and soul mean to you
2) Surround yourself with people that align with your definition of mind, body, and soul

Feather #3: My World

Our greatest life experiences are usually made by the people that we are with or the challenges that we face. Every day, we have the ability to be better people and to expand our view of the world. What we focus on is what we see. This is why all of our worlds are uniquely different. The people that we interact with can give our lives greater perspective, and the challenges that we conquer can give our lives greater meaning.

Questions for Reflection:
1) Am I making my world a better place? If so, in what way(s)?
a) If not, what should I do differently?

2) What elements make up my world (e.g. social media, music, people, culture, religion, etc.)?
a) How does each element impact my reality?

3) Are the things and people that I devote my time to helping me grow into a better person?

4) What does my ideal world look like?

5) What things do I care most about (e.g. house, people, school, environment, countries, justice, electronic devices, etc.)?
a) Do my actions and interests reflect what I care most about?

Benefits of Feather #3:
Many times in life we miss exciting opportunities and experiences because we have created too small of a world for ourselves to live in. When we expand our world, we create new opportunities and chances for greater levels of growth and gratification.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Take on the responsibility of making your world a better place
2) Be open-minded to new ideas so that you can expand your world

Feather #4: Passion and Purpose

Passion can take a long time to discover but it is worth the pursuit. Passion is one of life’s greatest compasses. It is the driving force behind our purpose in life and has the ability to light up our soul. Passion pushes us and sparks creativity, excitement, ingenuity, and problem-solving. Passion takes on different forms and can be found in many areas of life including relationships, health, dreams, aspirations, interests, and hobbies.

Questions for Reflection:
1) What does passion mean to me?

2) What things am I most passionate about?
a) How do I show that passion?

3) Do my decisions take me out or keep me in my comfort zone?
a) Are my decisions spontaneous or planned?

4) Am I doing enough exploring to discover new passion(s)?

5) Is my passion making me happy?

Benefits of Feather #4:
When we understand what we are passionate about, we can reach greater levels of achievement. Passion gives us the strength to make the impossible possible.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Explore and discover new areas of interests and passion
2) Work to overcome your fears in order to expand your comfort zone

Feather #5: Enlightenment

The human brain is one of the most spectacular things within the universe. When this 3 pound object is on, it has the ‘power to move mountains’ and change the world. When we open our minds to learn our ability to grow as people is limitless. When we embrace a growth mindset it permits us, and those around us to have greater capacity to achieve or as Nelson Mandela put it, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.

1) Do I allow myself to step outside my comfort zone and try new things?

2) Am I surrounding myself with new ideas and interests/concepts?

3) Am I allowing stereotypes to define who I am? My interests?

4) On a daily basis, am I training myself for success or failure?

5) Do I have the courage to partake in conversations on new topics with my friends and/or new people?
a) In what ways might my conversations be limited?

Benefits of Feather #5:
The power of our minds is remarkable, the mind is responsible for our navigational & our breathing systems and so much more. Many leading medical journals (including the National Institute on Aging) have touched on the numerous benefits of learning and mental stimulation including renewing us and starving off diseases such Alzheimer and dementia. There are several ways to stimulate our mind such as; engaging conversation, playing a challenging game, learning to play a new instrument or learning to speak a new language, etc. These acts provide us with immeasurable returns on our lives. Below we have provided a diagram of the circle of healthy living.

The Circle of Healthy Living

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month

Tips for success:
1)Keep your mind sharp by learning something new each day

2)Constantly challenge yourself