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The Importance of Youth Leadership

Leadership Skills are Fundamental to Success

John C. Maxwell, an expert in leadership, once said: “a leader is one that knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Leadership is a critical and effective tool that creates confidence among members of an organization and encourages a professional and positive environment that allows for successful execution. Not only does leadership ensure an individual’s success, but also the success of a group. As we look to the future, it is clear that the youth will be responsible for nearly all aspects of society– and for adolescents to develop skills in leadership, society is guaranteed a bright future of impactful initiatives and well executed ideas.

The Future will Require Effective Leadership

Practically everyone around the world has some type of unique idea, but unfortunately most of them are never brought to life. With ever changing advancements and adaptations to industries and workplaces, it is becoming more and more common for traditional cubicle-type environments to disappear. Instead, many of the largest companies and organizations around the world are adapting to place individuals in group settings where they are required to generate an idea and execute it from start to finish– in these settings, leadership is especially key to the success of the group. Much of society’s youth today lack these these collaborative experiences where confidence and leadership are crucial.

Developing Leadership Skills as an Adolescent

There is pivotal period of time where some youth are granted the opportunity to develop and gain first hand experiences in leadership as they transition to adulthood and maturity. It is during this transition where youth learn how to work with peers to apply their potential and transform creative ideas into concrete results. Youth leaders are often represented with a strong sense of credibility and knowledge and are able to show others how to remain confident through tough times. Through efficacious leadership, youth are able to open new doors and access one’s fullest potential for not only themselves but for those around them as well. Leadership is one of the key factors that differentiates an idea or potential from proper execution, otherwise these ideas and valuable potential go to waste.

What it Really Means to be a Leader

Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts, but rather keeping a team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it– especially when stakes are high. Effective leadership is the underlying framework for others’ success, and being able to stand back and let them shine as future generations reap the positive effects and benefits. Teaching this to society’s youth is a fundamental part of ensuring positivity, success, and effective execution for the future.

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