Youth Development

Leadership Skill Development

Leadership skill development involves improving knowledge, critical thinking skills, and communication skills to help influence others to accomplish goals.

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What Is Youth Leadership?

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Youth leadership involves:

  • Decision-making
  • Goal setting
  • Problem-solving
  • Relationship-building
  • Communicating
  • Listening
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
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What are leadership skills? Check out this leadership skills training video for students!

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How can transition team members support leadership skills development in students?

Transition team members can help students develop leadership skills by:

  • Teaching them about confidence
  • Being a great example
  • Offering student engagement programs
  • Teaching them to be organized
  • Encouraging them to contribute
  • Explaining that failure isn't always a bad thing
  • Empowering them to make their own decisions
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What Can Leadership Skill Development Do For Students?

When given the opportunity to practice leadership skills, students gain:

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Believing they have the skills to make important decisions.

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Problem-Solving Skills

Identifying challenges to goals and determine one or more solutions to overcome them before they happen.

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Life Skills

Using efffective communication, responsibility, self-discipline, and respect for others.

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Collaboration Skills

Learning how to work effectively with others.

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