Teens as Informal Leaders December 6th, 2010

Marcia Smart Ph.D.

There are individuals in every group called informal leaders who succeed in making things happen, getting things done, and mobilizing the people around them to act, even though they have not been officially designated as leaders.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak on Informal Leadership to a group of high-school seniors. What a joyful, unique learning experience! It was their Leadership class and they had been studying Servant Leadership- http://www.greenleaf.org/ . Informal Leaders tend to have a strong Ethic of Care and Being of Service is one of their core values. These students quickly grasped the concept of Informal Leadership and their hands kept going up to share experiences of being an Informal Leader.

There were also stories of being negative Informal Leaders, especially at summer camp! OK, I would not go into details, but some were very funny! They were also good examples of the use of negative power and influence by an informal leader to get things done. .

How have you seen Informal Leaders being Servant Leaders? Share your comments in the section below.

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