Anything they can do, they should do If you want teens to learn leadership, you must let them lead. That sounds rather obvious, doesn’t it? Yet it’s astonishing how many adults try to teach leadership by taking on the leadership role themselves and hoping that the teens will follow their example.
Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents by Dan Appleman
Imagine a group of teenagers. They are self-confident, ambitious, responsible, able and eager to set goals and accomplish them. They treat each other well, supporting each other in times of need, and even when it isn’t particularly needed. They have good moral values, and academic success is prized. And while they welcome and even seek out advice from trusted adults, they actually manage their group with virtually no supervision.