Skill description

Leadership is the ability of young people to lead others towards a goal or aim. Leaders set direction and inspire others, they keep projects and events on track and keep everyone motivated. They direct the activities of a group but also lead through their own actions, modelling the behaviour they want to see from others. Young leaders are role models for other young people.


Leadership involves:

  • Giving clear direction
  • Motivating others
  • Delegating tasks
  • Taking responsibility
  • Self-awareness
  • Shaping the activities of a group
  • Supporting others
  • Listening to other people’s ideas and being open to differing views
  • Acting with integrity


Skills Mapping


How might a young person develop this skill? 

Youth work provides opportunities for young people to take on leadership roles within their youth group or represent young people in decision making structures. Young people might take responsibility for planning and leading programmes and activities within their youth groups. They may also have opportunities to manage finances and resources. Youth work enables young people to shape policy and decision making.  Young leaders engage, listen and support other young people and develop positive relationships with them. 


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