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After School Activities Contributing to Leadership Potential

From Classroom to Boardroom: Early identification and development of leadership potential

Our parent participants expressed similar motives for completing our survey: “I am interested in how to best guide my daughter” or “My son appears to be a natural leader but I don’t know how to support him.” This is why we looked at their children’s extracurricular activities. We have already shown that elected leadership positions provide the strongest correlation with the 10 leadership attributes, but we were eager to explore which less competitive, pre-high school activities also show a correlation with one or more of these leadership characteristics.

Extracurricular Activities That Nurture Leadership Potential

All after-school activities aren’t created equal

After School Activities Contributing to Leadership Potential

There is a correlation between specific after-school activities and the demonstration of leadership attributes

Here are the relationships we found between certain after-school activities and leadership behaviours:

  • Social Clubs or Associations = Authenticity and Navigates Ambiguity
  • Acting Classes = Culture Fit and Receptivity to Feedback
  • Activities associated with Money/Commercialism = Passion for Results and Adaptability
  • Music Classes = Culture Fit and Receptivity to Feedback
  • Team or Individual Sports = Motivation to Lead and Brings Out the Best in People

It’s clear that encouraging extracurricular activities, singularly or in combination, helps to nurture leadership potential. Parents can and do support involvement early on, especially when it comes to sports and music. For organisations eager to recruit leadership potential this data has significant implications: Hiring managers should value the “hobbies and interests” listed on candidate resumes, and not ignore these outside activities to focus solely on technical abilities.

From Classroom to Boardroom
From Classroom to Boardroom
Early identification and development of leadership potential.

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