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Rants on Student Leadership

By Doug Franklin March 1, 2011

When a youth worker says their students are not ready to lead, what they mean is, their students don’t have up-front skills. But we tell students all the time, it’s about servant leadership, so which one is it? Is leadership about being loud and up-front or is it about caring for the needs of the people you lead? It’s about serving people but our value for leadership is still on up-front skills. We ask our students to escape this mentality but we still choose to place priority on it. If we really think leadership is about leading through serving then leadership is for everyone because everyone can lead through serving. I know that because Christ calls us all to serve the least of these.

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