MSTA is excited to announce the launch of the Leader Badge! The Leader Badge will digitally recognize you for your effort on behalf of the Missouri State Teachers Association. We know how hard you work to represent teachers in Missouri, and the Leader Badge will serve as a digital symbol of distinction for going above and beyond in the name of MSTA. There are three required criteria leaders must complete.

Required Criteria
You must have been an attendee at MSTA’s Leadership Conference and also hold a leadership position. Qualifying roles:

  • State board or officer
  • State committees
  • Region board
  • Region committees (both standing and ad hoc)
  • Local officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Chair)
  • Local committees

Supplemental Criteria
The supplemental list contains 14 criteria of which at least 8 must be completed to earn the badge. The following series of questions will determine if you have completed enough criteria to earn the badge.

1. Did you attend MSTA’s Annual Convention in 2019 or 2020?

2. Did you attend an MSTA Open Hearing in 2019 or 2020?

3. Did you attend an MSTA Salary Workshop in 2019 or 2020?

4. Did you attend an MSTA Capitol Visit in 2019 or 2020?

5. Were you a regular participant in a district-level salary/benefit negotiation process in your district in 2019 or 2020?

6. Do you actively participate in and support your local Future Teachers of America (FTA) chapter?

7. Did you make a personal donation to the Missouri State Teachers Foundation, Impact, or Friends of Bunker Hill in 2019 or 2020?

8. Did you attend an MSTA Region meeting other than an Open Hearing in 2019 or 2020?

9. Were you a presenter at MSTA’s Annual Convention or Leadership Conference in 2019 or 2020?

10. Did you have an article published or were you featured for a leadership activity on MSTA’s blog or in the School & Community magazine in 2019 or 2020?

11. Have you been a member of MSTA for 10 consecutive years?

12. Have you ever attended the New Professionals Training Camp?

13. Are you a current instructor/presenter on MSTA’s online learning management system?

14. Were you active in the recruitment of new members in your school district in 2019 or 2020? (This includes an active role in back-to-school recruiting events or personal recruitment activities.)


Book Review
For the book review component, participants will read a book dealing with leadership or organizational behavior. A 3 to 4-page review should be submitted once you have completed enough criteria to qualify for the badge. The review must include a summary describing key takeaways from the book, a critique appraising the strengths and weaknesses of the work, and a recommendation/application of the book.

Click here to see book review sample.

Autry, J. A. (2001). The servant leader. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing.

Brown, B. (2018). Dare to lead: Brave work, touch conversations, whole hearts. New York, NY: Random House.

Brown, B. (2012). Daring greatly: How the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Burgess, S., & Houf, B. (2017). Lead like a PIRATE. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Carnegie, D. (2009). How to win friends and influence people: The first—and still the best book of its kind–to lead you to success. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great: Why some companies make the leap and others don’t. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Covey, S. R. (1989). The 7 habits of highly effective people. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

DePree, M. (2004). Leadership is an art. New York, NY: Crown Publishing Group.

Fullan, M. (2001). Leading in a culture of change: Being effective in complex times. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Gordon, J. (2017). The power of positive leadership: How and why positive leaders transform teams and organizations and change the world. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Horsager, D. (2010). The trust edge: How top leaders gain faster results, deeper relationships, and a stronger bottom line. Minneapolis, MN: Summerside Press.

Lencioni, P. (2002). The five dysfunctions of a team: A leadership fable. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Maxwell, J. C. (2019). Leadershift: The 11 essential changes every leader must embrace. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Maxwell, J. C. (2007). The 21 irrefutable laws of leadership: Follow them and people will follow you. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Maxwell, J. C. (2005). The 360-degree leader: Developing your influence from anywhere in the organization. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Maxwell, J. C. (2004). Winning with people. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.

Phillips, D. T. (1992). Lincoln on Leadership: Executive strategies for tough times. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.

Phillips, D. T. (1997). The founding fathers on leadership: Classic teamwork in changing times. New York, NY: Hachette Book Group.

Pink, D. H. (2017). When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.

Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Pink, D. H. (2006). A whole new mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Sandberg, S., & Grant, A. M. (2017). Option B: Facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.

Sinek, S., Mead, D., and Docker, P. (2017). Find your why: A practical guide for discovering purpose for you and your team. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Sinek, S. (2014). Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Sinek, S. (2009). Start with why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

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