Learning to Lead: Listening to the Voice of St. Lucian Youth

An exploratory, qualitative multiple case study approach was used to investigate perceptions of leadership through the voice of young (ages 18-24) citizens of St. Lucia, West Indies.  Specifically, investigators were interested in better understanding the young peoples’ leadership beliefs, experiences, and people of influence.  Participants perceived leadership to be about helping other people, communication, teamwork, and morality.  The most valuable leader development experiences were experiences that the young people perceived were connected to leadership.  Participants viewed familiar adults, rather than famous foreigners or youth peers as the most important people to aid in youth leader development.