youth worker, youth ministry, student ministry, small numbers

Leadership Development Requires Small Numbers

By Doug Franklin April 7, 2010

I get requests to hold large leadership development workshops for students. 50 to 150 are always the numbers thrown out. I say “no” because you can’t develop students into leaders in large groups. For leadership development to to take root, you need both teaching of leadership principles and a leadership experience. Its impossible to have a leadership experience for a large group of students, it just won’t work. You can’t personalize the experience when working with that many students and you can’t debrief the experience with the students. If you have a workshop without any leadership experiences, all you have is someone talking about leadership and that won’t make leaders.

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