If you ask a young adult to name two or three people who they consider a leader they will most often name one or both parents and/or a religious figure. Many times they include a teacher. This is certainly understandable as such people are most often in a position to influence a younger individual.
But for purposes of this segment ask yourself who you would list as a leader not including those mentioned above. Take a minute and think who you know that demonstrates several of the characteristics listed under the heading “Leadership” and see who you come up with on a short list of three or four people. This will help you focus on the important traits of a leader and you can then look at others using these same guidelines. Further, you can also use your “list” as a frame of reference in developing and practicing your own leadership process. Remember, be objective; leave your “emotions” out of the decision process. You can submit your list and then compare it to people your peers have listed!