Our Leadership Model
Servant leadership theories prioritize the needs of team members above the leader’s own interests. This approach fosters a culture of trust and mutual respect, where the leader works to empower team members to reach their full potential. In our program, we prioritize the needs of our youth, focusing on creating a safe and nurturing environment where they can thrive.
Transformational leadership theory focuses on inspiring and motivating team members to achieve a shared vision. A transformational leader works to develop a sense of purpose and ownership among the team members, helping them to understand how their work contributes to the overall mission of the organization. At the Youth Life Center, we inspire team members to believe in the potential of the young people they work with, encouraging them to take risks and try new approaches to help our youth grow and develop.
Strengths-based leadership is based on the idea that people are most effective when they are able to use their natural talents and strengths. A strengths-based approach aims to identify and develop team members’ strengths, creating a culture of positivity and empowerment. We help team members to understand their own strengths and how they can use them to support youth development.
When blended together, these models become a powerful tool for leading a team of professionals dedicated to helping teens find and share their unique voices. By combining these approaches, we nurture a team that is focused on the needs of adolescents, motivated to achieve a shared vision, and empowered to use their natural talents and strengths to support young people as they find the things that make their hearts sing!