06 Leadership Development

General Goal:

In this lesson you will identify the basic concepts of leadership development. When completed you will explain the concept of leadership and what it means to be a leader. They will also analyze different models and theories of leadership.


Upon completion of the unit, student will be able to:


Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a task”. A leader is a person who influences a group of people towards specific result. It is not depend on title or formal authority. Leadership skills are essential in order for youth to be successful leaders in their communities. Developing leadership skills among adolescents allows them to have the ability to utilize the skills and attitudes necessary to become potential leaders in a safe environment. It is important for youth to have the opportunity to be involved in key programs in areas such as public health systems, schools, and the juvenile justice system that affect them.

At the community level, leadership development can be defined as obtaining the skills and experiences to understand the community and its goals. It also enables a person to offer advice and guidance to that community, to support its goals, and act on the community’s behalf.  


  • Watch the Youtube video: Best Motivational Video Ever.

  • What are your perceptions of this video?


  • Reflect about what a leader is. Write responses on your journal.
  • Complete the Leadership Quiz to assess your attitudes towards the concept of leadership.
  • Create your own definition of a leader, using what you learned from discussion with the Leadership Quiz.
  • Read the Definitions of Leadership handout.
  • Take the definition you created and now compare it based on what was discussed on the last handout.