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.
All after-school activities aren’t created equal
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:
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.