How to Develop Great Teen Leaders in Schools

Youth Motivational Speaker Talks about How to Develop a Great Teen Leader

Student leaders are created through outstanding school clubs and sports programs. School clubs such as Student Council (STUCO), SADD, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, 4H, DECA, and many other clubs teach basic leadership principles such as togetherness, fairness, character, citizenship, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, and integrity. Leadership is taught in schools and on athletic fields all over the country.  The student leader is that person that gets themselves out and gets involved in their school clubs and athletics.  Great leadership skills are taught and acquired by getting involved.

Student leaders aren’t always the loudest or the most popular. To be an effective leader you don’t have to be. To be an effective leader you have to be respected by your peers, classmates, fellow athletes, and other students whom depend on you.

Leaders are people of high moral character and generally are the ones most committed to a cause and set an example of hard work. They are the first to arrive and usually the last to leave. Leaders lead by example and never expect others to do what they are unwilling to do of themselves.

A student leader is uniquely unselfish. A leader is usually one of the popular students or most talented athlete on the team, but uses his or her talent for the benefit of the whole team, not just for him or herself.

One of the best stories of leadership I remember hearing was about a high school wrestler. I met the coach while doing a high school assembly at the school. The coach had coached this young man for four years, he was never a state champion or state finalist, nor did he even start, but he exemplified what real leadership is all about. Every day in practice he wrestled hard and helped prepare several of the other state wrestling champions. He challenged them, pushed them to their limits, prodded them, encouraged them and respected them. The other wrestlers, in turn respected him back. I thought that is pretty much what leadership is when it comes to sports.

Here are what some great people of all time have said about leadership:

“Leadership is the ability to get men to do what they don’t want to do and like doing it.”
- Harry Truman, Thirty Third President

“A platoon leaders doesn’t get his platoon to go by getting up and shouting, “I am smarter, I am bigger, I am stronger, I and the leader.” He gets men to go along with him because they want to do it for him and they believe in him.”
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, Thirty Fourth President and US General

“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence by seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.”
- Tom Landry, NFL Defensive Back and Coach

So, leadership comes down to setting an example and being in control. You want to be respected and committed to the cause. You’re responsibility isn’t to be the loudest or most vocal, but your responsibility is to believe in the project and get others to believe in you and the end result.

** Jeff Yalden is one of today’s top teen motivational speakers. For nearly 20 years, Jeff has traveled all over the world speaking in high school gymnasiums, auditoriums, and student leadership conferences talking to teens about choices, attitude, life, leadership, and many other issues that relate to teens. As a youth motivational speaker, Jeff has met and worked with many outstanding student leaders in many of the organizations mentioned earlier. For booking Jeff to speak at your next student leadership conference, visit today.

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Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives.

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