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Diana Clevenger
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The simple answer is no. I have been super blessed by two beautiful young children, a boy 6 and a girl 5. If you view the leadership journey through the eye of small children you can see; influence, trust, follow through and charisma are leadership characteristics that matter even in children.

Children do not generally have positional leadership. Yet more than one leader exists in the playground, classroom and in sports. In careers people take leadership when a title is not present. Those roles are based on personality, experience and training. Confidence comes from within for some but has to be developed by mentors, coaches and peers for others.

Developing people around you to be leaders takes trust, confidence in the mentor and a willingness by the mentee. A title allows hierarchical decision making when necessary but compliance, buy in and vision often come from front line employees.