“Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite obstacles.”
The development of leadership skills contributes greatly to the positive development of individuals within schools, in the workplace and in their local community.
Leading is not about putting on the captain’s armband or a position only attainable by the selected few. Leading is more about learning specific skills rather than possessing inherent natural abilities.
In this way, being a leader is similar to being an athlete. Certainly, some individuals are born with attributes that aid in athletics, such as the number of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibres they have, but success in athletics requires thousands of hours of practice to acquire the skills needed for success. Ultimately, success in any field is to do with the constant honing of skills through constant practice.
Learning leadership skills and developing personal qualities is a REAL option for ALL individuals and by teaching and developing leadership skills we allow individuals to develop greater personal drive and increase their determination to succeed.
In these terms, it is clear to see how leadership education underpins raising aspiration, promoting achievement and increasing happiness for all.
Young leaders demonstrate high aspirations, increased self-esteem, and improved educational outcomes. (Bloomberg, Garney, Quintero, Alcantara, 2003)
Leadership skills, such as goal setting, problem solving and sound decision making, are not just necessary for leaders… these skills are needed for success in today’s world. (MacNeil, 2000)
Helping young people develop leadership competence makes them better members of their own community and enhances their civic participation. (O’Brien & Kohlmeier, 2003)
Young people help to re-energize adults and counteract negative stereotypes of youth when they are successfully engaged in leadership within their communities. (Zeldin & Camino, 1999; Fiscus, 2003)