youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, leadership, student leadership

Assessments Real Value

By Doug Franklin March 8, 2012

Youth workers often question me about the value of leadership assessments. They tend to think that assessments pigeon hole students into a leadership style that they don’t connect with or force them to be something they really are not. I think this is possible if students don’t have a mentor to walk them through the assessment process. A better way to look at assessments is that they give students permission to be who they are. Often students want to mimic a leader that they like; they try and be like that leader and it creates frustration for them because they are not that leader. Assessments give them permission to be themselves. The assessments acts like an encouraging older brother telling them this is who you and and it’s awesome! This confirmation can give students real confidence to lead in their strength which will bring them success. Leadership assessments are just a resource to help students understand they are unique and have real leadership ability. 

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More