ERIC Number: EJ1083657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Examining the Relationship between Role Models and Leadership Growth during the Transition to Adulthood
Bowers, Jill R.; Rosch, David M.; Collier, Daniel A.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v31 n1 p96-118 Jan 2016
Leadership and developmental scholars have highlighted the need to enhance youth leadership skills. Yet, research that explains youths' perceptions of how and when role models influences their leadership growth processes is limited. To address these gaps and begin to develop an understanding of youths' perspectives, we employed a qualitative, grounded theory design and interviewed emerging adults (N = 23) about their perceptions of their own leadership development. Our analysis resulted in a role model-driven framework for youth leadership development. This framework illustrates participants' descriptions of the leadership growth process between adolescence and emerging adulthood, including the ways in which youths' motivation to lead was facilitated by the qualities of relational role models, their knowledge of opportunities, the relational role models' beliefs in youths potential, and the fact that they were inspired by positional role models.
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Youth Programs, Youth Leaders, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory, Role Models, Adolescents, Young Adults, Adolescent Development, College Students, Interviews, Coding, Ethics, Individual Characteristics, Self Concept
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