A Comprehensive Model of Student Leadership Skills

Jeff E. Brooks-Harris, Kevin G. Shollenberger, & Jan M. Javinar

This model of leadership indentifies three clusters of leadership skills. Each of these clusters is divided into two to four types of skills. The result is this catalog of nine different types of leadership skills. We have used these nine types of skills to identify a total of 46 leadership microskills. The purpose of identifying specific leadership skills and grouping them into types and clusters is to flesh out the broad notion of leadership so that it is more tangible. The leadership skills in this model can be learned and practiced individually in order for leaders to build a wide repertoire of communication, group facilitation, and action-oriented skills that can be used in a wide variety of settings.

Three Clusters of Leadership Skills

I. Basic Communication Skills

II. Group Facilitation Skills

III. Leadership Skills for Action


Nine Types of Leadership Skills

Basic Communication Skills

1. Listening and Attending

2. Interpersonal Communication

Group Facilitation Skills

3. Engaging Individuals in Group Membership

4. Informing the Group with Relevant Knowledge

5. Involving the Group in Interactive Participation

6. Planning for the Group's Future

Leadership Skills for Action

7. Building a Team

8. Setting a Direction

9. Creating Action


Copyright 1999. Jeff E. Brooks-Harris, Kevin G. Shollenberger & Jan M. Javinar. Permission is granted to copy and use this handout provided this copyright notice remains intact.


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