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Understanding Youth Leadership & what employers want in youth


The five dimensions of the conceptual model are: (1) Leadership Knowledge and Information, (2) Leadership Attitude, Will, and Desire, (3) Decision Making, Reasoning, and Critical Thinking, (4) Oral and Written Communication Skills, and (5) Intra and Interpersonal Relations. The recommendation is made to allow the model to serve as the first step in developing a curriculum designed to teach leadership to youth in a formal setting.

For the development of youth leadership. They listed the critical elements as:
youth/adult partnerships
granting young people decision making power and responsibility for consequences
a broad context for learning and service
recognition of young people's experience, knowledge and skills

The youth leadership development as awareness, interaction, and mastery, which fit into five dimensions:
1. Leadership information
2. Leadership attitude
3. Communication
4. Decision making
5. Stress management.

The Ten Commitments of Leadership:
1. Search out challenging opportunities to change, grow, innovate, and improve.
2. Experiment, take risks, and learn from the accompanying mistakes.
3. Envision an uplifting and ennobling future.
4. Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to their values, interests, hopes and dreams.
5. Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trusts.
6. Strengthen people by giving power away, providing choice, developing competence, assigning critical tasks, and offering visible support.
7. Set the example by behaving in ways that are consistent with shared values.
8. Achieve small wins that promote consistent progress and build commitment.
9. Recognize individual contributions to the success of every project.
10. Celebrate team accomplishments regularly

Leadership was defined as: (a) personality or effectiveness of personality, (b) the art of inducing compliance, (c) the exercise of influence, (d) a function of a set of acts or behavior (e) a form of persuasion, (f ) a set of acts or behavior, (g) a power of relationship, (h) an instrument of goal achievement, (i) an effective interaction, (j) a differentiated role, and (k) the initiation of structure.
all people have the potential for leadership. The reason that leadership is lacking in our society today is because people do not understand it

Research revealed that top leaders exhibited the following fundamental practices of exemplary leadership:
Challenge the process
Inspire a shared vision
Enable others to act
Model the way
Encourage the heart

Table 1

Employers Rating of New Hire Skills
Skill Mean
Interpersonal 4.54
Teamwork 4.51
Verbal Communication 4.51
Analytical 4.24
Computer 4.12
Written Communication 4.11
Leadership 3.94
Note. 5-point scale. 1 = not at all important; 5 = very important

The same study listed the top ten personal qualities that employers seek (Table 2).

Table 2

Top Ten Personal Qualities Employers Seek
Rank Personal quality
1 Communication skills
2 Motivation/initiative
3 Teamwork skills
4 Leadership skills
5 Academic achievement/GPA
6 Interpersonal skills
7 Flexibility/adaptability
8 Technical skills
9 Honesty/integrity
10 Work ethic
10* Analytical/problem-solving skills
Note. * Tie


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