Youth Leadership Resource Hub
The older folks often lament that “youth is lost on the young.” It’s probably because they see as wasting our youthful energies… on binge drinking parties. On nihilism. Cynicism. Apathy!
These older folks probably haven’t seen the young leaders I’ve worked with. Or the young social entrepreneurs in the Philippines who are working hard to alleviate social ills while looking for a sustainable model.
Young people are making a difference all over the world. Youth leadership is on the rise. More and more young people realize their potentials for leadership.
Here’s the Transformational Leadership Blog’s Youth Leadership Resource Page. It’s your leadership development One-Stop-Shop. Read the articles below. Leave your Comments. Take note of the insights you can immediately use! Remember, it’s not about how much you know! But it’s about how you translate your knowledge into Action.
Go on. Take the plunge!
Oh Yeah, Young People Have the Power!
We, the young people are becoming a really important force in the world. We’re fast becoming the movers of the world.
It’s the 1960s all over again! Peace, love and rock ‘n’ roll! Except that there’s no Beatles around to rally together the Flower Power of today’s youth. Instead, young people are discovering their own songs, their own call for change and reform.
Youth and technology go with each other. When wielded, together, they represent a formidable social force. How can we use our youthful energies for meaningful social change?
Nope, we’re not victims of what goes on in our world. But we’re taking an active role in making our voices heard and our perspectives known…
Youth leaders matter.
What young people SAY matters.
What young people DO matters.
Developing Your Leadership: It’s a Journey
The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Let’s paraphrase that a bit: “A journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step in the right direction.” Saying YES means taking the first step!
In the Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo stepped out of the Shire into the unknown because of a responsibility thrust upon him by the ring of power that Bilbo left behind. Leadership is a lot like that. You respond to a challenge and you step out of your comfort zone. As Bilbo warned, “if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
A first glance at the term “leadership”, anybody would say that it refers to the act of leading. When you are leading, you need to have followers and you are moving towards a certain direction in pursuit of a certain goal. Yet, leadership is not solely about position or the imposition of the leader’s will over his or her subordinates. Read on to find out what leadership really means!
Theories? Sounds like that’s for older people… Not exactly! A good understanding of leadership styles and theories will help you lead other people better!
As a leader, are you teachable? Are you open to new knowledge, new experience and new ways of looking at old things? You should be. Here are several reasons why!
So How Do You Become a Leader?
Do you remember Spiderman? He did not choose to be a hero. Rather, it was imposed on him… There is more than one way to becoming a transformational leader. It may be imposed on you or it may be pursued. We can state in another way. Leadership may be driven by passion or it may be driven by needs.
Do you simply have a leadership position or are you actively using your influence to build your leadership and your organization? Read on to find out which level of leadership you are on!
Leadership does not happen in a vacuum. A leader needs to have followers, otherwise, he is just the parody of a person occupying a leadership position, but is not a leader….
The young people of today live in a highly interconnected world…. Such connections would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. Well, not exactly unthinkable. But this level of interconnection could only be read in Sci-Fi books. The future is here and it represents a great potential in the lives of young people.
We don’t have much control over nature or over our political system. Whether we like or not, we are affected by what happens in our country. Yet, we still develop as leaders if we choose to!
Is the SK worth keeping? A lot of people, including President Benigno Aquino III have called for the abolition of the SK. Davao Congressman Nograles “said that after three SK elections, no less than former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, the proponent of the SK, proposed its abolition in the 14th Congress because it has failed to produce the intended results.” Read on to find out my argument.
The Practical Stuff
If you’re a leader, you should set goals! No shortcuts. No excuses! The process, however, is tricky. Even good goals may be derailed because the followers are not able to grasp them and understand how to accomplish them.
You’re not Superman or IronMan for that matter. So don’t act like one. If you want to achieve more and empower your followers at the same time, learn how to delegate effectively!
Don’t waste time. Instead, make your meetings work for you. A meeting is a gathering of two or more people to achieve a common purpose or goal. At the end of a meeting, you and your organization shall have come up with a better understanding of a problem or a situation, or a set of actions that must be taken. Again, the emphasis should be on outcomes, not on the frequency of your meetings!
Don’t fret if you cannot organize such a big event. Or at least not yet. As a young leader, you may be called upon to organize different kinds of events—it may be as simple as a one-day career guidance fair, a basketball tournament, a community cleanup or a five-day Christmas camp. If you understand the basic principles of organizing an event, you can do it!
Youth organizations are always looking for program ideas that they can implement in their organization and their communities. Here are several program ideas for youth organizations.
Lessons for Youth Leaders
Leaders, no matter how old they are, need to find role models who can help them understand their roles and their situation better. Go look for that person who can help you out!
Been there. Done this and that. Made a lot of mistakes. This article enumerates 30 lessons worth learning by youth leaders.
RELATIONSHIP takes precedence over program. Yes, programs and seminars about leadership are great! But they can only do so much. Are you prioritizing program over people?
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