Leading volunteers young and old: Research study

Leading volunteers is tough!

Why? Well, volunteers are not paid and they do not have a contract. There are also plenty of volunteering opportunities elsewhere.

It is pretty easy for volunteer to leave. And many of those who leave blame leadership.

Darja Kragt, who is a FOWI associate, and part of our volunteering research team* has created a video that explains what leadership behaviors are effective in leading young and older volunteers.

Understanding and mastering these behaviors will help you to become a more effective workplace leader as well.

*This research is based off of our current volunteering research, with a research team consisting of Patrick Dunlop, Marylene Gagne , Djurre Holtrop, and Hawa Muhammad Farid from the Future of Work Institute, and Darja Kragt and Alex Luksyte from The University of Western Australia.

Contact Us

The Future of Work Institute (FoWI) promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society.

FoWI’s researchers focus on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices, and their mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age.

The Future of Work Institute acknowledges the Wadjuk Nyungar people as the traditional owners of the land on which the Institute is situated.


Future of Work Institute

Curtin Graduate School of Business 

78 Murray Street

Perth WA 6000

Telephone: +61 8 9266 4668

Email: fowi@curtin.edu.au

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • YouTube
Smart without a shadow.png
Thrive at Work Logo Alternate Tagline RG