Thought Leadership (or, in the personal tense, thought leader) derives from business jargon in the mid 1990’s for leadership (primarily in corporations) that bases itself on ideas of merit.
It has since evolved to mean involving a company (or any similar group) in an integration of professional ethics with highly effective leadership development.
What better place to plant the seedling of Thought Leadership than in Out-of-school-Time? It is that time that is (supposed to be) devoted to the youth’s path of becoming; of learning the ways of the world and interacting with and leading communities.
Even Laurie Ollhoff, formerly of Concordia University’s (St. Paul) college of Education has described Out-of-School-Time care as a miniature community, where children are not learning to become, but are actively involved in the act of becoming (as we all are, regardless of our position on the path of life).
This year, our Junior Staff Leadership Group of 4th and 5th graders will be becoming Thought Leaders. Stay tuned to find out how this turns out!