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Youth Leadership: Are leaders born or bred?

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Even though young people make up more than half of the world’s population, less than half of the world’s leaders are young people. Youth leadership can be defined as a process of youth development in which young people gain skills and knowledge necessary to lead civic engagement, education reform and community organizing activities. Countless programs around the world seek to teach young people particular skills associated with leadership, particularly those programs associate with youth voices or youth empowerment.
Studies of leadership have produced numerous theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others. This week we hope to dissect a few of these theories and shed a little bit of new light on youth leadership

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