Development of Participation and Leadership Skills

“Most leadership theorists currently agree that leaders are made-not born-and that young people can learn and develop leadership attitudes and skills (Fertman & van Linden, 1999). Zeldin and Camino (1999) outline five areas of competency that distinguish leaders and shape youth leadership development efforts:

  1. Communication-persuasive argumentation, public speaking/writing, and engaging the participation of others;
  2. Teamwork-respecting others, performing roles of both leader and follower, building on strengths, and commitment to free group input and expression;
  3. Personal Identity-understanding the relationship between oneself and the community, pride in being a member of a larger group, awareness of areas for self-improvement, taking responsibility for one's actions and the resulting consequences;
  4. Professionalism-demonstrating tactfulness, understanding protocols, appropriate dress and action given appraisal of context, delivering quality work, positively presenting oneself to others; and
  5. Project Management-setting goals/developing action steps, meeting facilitation, reflection, distinguishing between one's interests and community needs (Boyd, 2001)."

By Urban Institute

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Source Cited

http://cals-cf.calsnet.arizona.edu/fcs/bpy/content.cfm?content=leadership

 

Additional Resources

At the Table: Making the Case for Youth in Decision-Making