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The ABC’s: How Students Naturally Become Leaders for Peers

Nearly every week I talk to coaches, faculty or staff at schools who say they can’t find students who will “step up to the plate” and serve as a leader. Often students excuse themselves from leadership by saying they don’t have time, they don’t want to risk friendships they enjoy with peers or they just don’t want the responsibility.


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I would suggest, however, there is a natural way that students become leaders, people of influence, among their peers. After observing patterns for years, I’ve found that when students practice the “A, B, Cs” of self-leadership, they are naturally followed by others.

Here are the A, B, Cs of organic leadership:

  1. Healthy Awareness – They are self-aware and socially aware.
  2. Healthy Balance – They can see the big picture yet focus on the immediate.
  3. Healthy Connections – They connect well with teammates.
  4. Healthy Decisions – They make wise choices that model the way for others.

My guess is—you’ve seen this same pattern too. It’s as if when a student or athlete practices healthy self-leadership, they don’t even have to try to get others to follow them as well.  These are the students you’ll want to target as you seek potential leaders for your team. Dee Hock once said that 50% of leadership is self-leadership. Once I lead myself well, I have little trouble convincing anyone else to go with me.

How are you doing at the A,B,Cs above? Know any students who embody them?

1 Comment

  1. Hellise Johnson on May 14, 2022 at 12:07 am

    I’m not talking about letting students run the classroom, or turn in their homework late. I’m talking about giving them the tools they need to thrive as leaders inside their own peer groups. Not just once or twice a year, but every day at school.When students learn leadership skills from an early age, they can use those skills throughout their lives. They will have more confidence when speaking up in class or leading a group project; they will understand how to manage conflict; and they will know how important it is to listen when someone else is talking. These skills are essential throughout life. I have decided now to visit site where I could read authentic reviews of people who have hired writers from Edubirdie for their essays to complete on time.

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The ABC’s: How Students Naturally Become Leaders for Peers