Leadership characteristics of children between the ages of six to twelve in a semi-structured camp atmosphere
Williams, David E.
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This study investigated leadership traits in children's groups. In contrast to other similar studies, the method used was a Naturalistic approach that identified leadership traits, among children in a non-structured, camp environment. The method and subjects were selected with the belief that they would allow the greatest insight into the natural behavior of children. The researcher's 10-week field study provided an opportunity to observe and record physical, verbal and group/social characteristics of subjects in groups of children. Characteristics of the emergent leaders in the 10 groups were compared to determine which traits appeared consistently. The researcher noted individual and group trends that were not addressed in the original hypotheses but appeared to influence who became a group leader.