The sociology of leadership argues from a position that one must first lead self before he or she can lead others. Overall, it taps into the belief that social situations are the basis for growth in society. Moreover, we must understand that one’s education comes from our experience of social situations in that it starts at birth and continues as we get older and become adults. Although our parents first socialize us, this process continues to evolve as we get older and start to interact with others outside the family structure.
The socialization process becomes more intense as we begin to start school and we meet others. At this stage in the process, the social situation changes a bit, and the school is now socializing us as an institution with teachers and peers playing a pivotal role. At some point in the process, we have a tendency to become more independent which sets the stage for the making of what I call self-leadership.
Stage 1. Mothers give birth to boy or girl and begin to start the process of socialization. For example, the parents are making decisions for the child, and mom starts this process off my setting up feeding times and holding the bottle or breastfeeding as the baby drinks.
Stage 2. The child comprehends this process and develops an understanding as to when they would like to be fed, but more importantly, several weeks go by, and the child may be able to take the lead and hold his or her bottle. In my view, this is the making of self-leadership.
Stage 3. The child begins to understand what he or she wants and deliberately acts in a way to get their parents attention.
Stage 4. The child is now old enough to go to daycare which starts the social interaction process with peers and child-care provider. However, this also starts another socialization process.