• Nhu

    Why do they even have a leader? Doesn’t it very prominently say, “This person is the strongest character and most talented. This person ought to be popular with the fans”? I think about Destiny’s Child, and although Beyonce was clearly the leader, no one ever decided so…

    I feel like it would breed conflict in a group? Maybe it’s just me.

    • eboy07

      Destiny’s Child probably one of the best name for an girl group. Soemthing the kpop bubble groups nowadays can think of.

  • nn

    Note: Kim Nam Gook used to be Goo Hye Sun and Se7en’s manager, then he became Big Bang’s manager and later he became GD’s personal manager.

    Kim Nam Gook: “I have a personal memory with Ji-Yong. Not too long ago, I was going to resign due to personal reasons. I told the company about it, and it was accepted. Ji-Yong was in Japan for work, and called me as soon as he was back in Korea. He said, ‘You can’t do this to me, you can’t never quit’. Without hearing my reasons, he just hung up. I was startled at first, but it got to me that this is his way of showing his affection. Hence, I ‘could never quit’ and am still working.

    People say that he’s ‘cold’. It is something he created himself, because he constantly realizes himself as the team’s leader and recognizes the responsibilities. For example, when Big Bang has a stage performance, there are 5 members, 4 stylists and a manager team moving at the same time. At this time, Ji-Yong is at the centre of decision making. So, he has to work strong and think sharp. However, in everyday life, he smiles a lot, plays a lot, likes to eat yummy food and has a huge interest in fashion, just like his peers in 20s.”

    http://ibigbang.wordpress.com/2011/06/12/news-g-dragons-manager-kim-nam-gook-shares-a-story-about-gd/

  • CC

    Note: Kim Nam Gook used to be Goo Hye Sun and Se7en’s manager, then he became Big Bang’s manager and later he became GD’s personal manager.

    Kim Nam Gook: “I have a personal memory with Ji-Yong. Not too long ago, I was going to resign due to personal reasons. I told the company about it, and it was accepted. Ji-Yong was in Japan for work, and called me as soon as he was back in Korea. He said, ‘You can’t do this to me, you can’t never quit’. Without hearing my reasons, he just hung up. I was startled at first, but it got to me that this is his way of showing his affection. Hence, I ‘could never quit’ and am still working.

    People say that he’s ‘cold’. It is something he created himself, because he constantly realizes himself as the team’s leader and recognizes the responsibilities. For example, when Big Bang has a stage performance, there are 5 members, 4 stylists and a manager team moving at the same time. At this time, Ji-Yong is at the centre of decision making. So, he has to work strong and think sharp. However, in everyday life, he smiles a lot, plays a lot, likes to eat yummy food and has a huge interest in fashion, just like his peers in 20s.”

  • mm

    Note: Kim Nam Gook used to be Goo Hye Sun and Se7en’s manager, then he became Big Bang’s manager and later he became GD’s personal manager.

    Kim Nam Gook: “I have a personal memory with Ji-Yong. Not too long ago, I was going to resign due to personal reasons. I told the company about it, and it was accepted. Ji-Yong was in Japan for work, and called me as soon as he was back in Korea. He said, ‘You can’t do this to me, you can’t never quit’. Without hearing my reasons, he just hung up. I was startled at first, but it got to me that this is his way of showing his affection. Hence, I ‘could never quit’ and am still working.

    People say that he’s ‘cold’. It is something he created himself, because he constantly realizes himself as the team’s leader and recognizes the responsibilities. For example, when Big Bang has a stage performance, there are 5 members, 4 stylists and a manager team moving at the same time. At this time, Ji-Yong is at the centre of decision making. So, he has to work strong and think sharp. However, in everyday life, he smiles a lot, plays a lot, likes to eat yummy food and has a huge interest in fashion, just like his peers in 20s.”

  • Nh

    Kim Nam Gook: “I have a personal memory with Ji-Yong. Not too long ago, I was going to resign due to personal reasons. I told the company about it, and it was accepted. Ji-Yong was in Japan for work, and called me as soon as he was back in Korea. He said, ‘You can’t do this to me, you can’t never quit’. Without hearing my reasons, he just hung up. I was startled at first, but it got to me that this is his way of showing his affection. Hence, I ‘could never quit’ and am still working.

  • hyukki

    Two types of leaders are needed in Kpop.

    1. One with gifted music talent: G-dragon comes to mind. He is in charge of all Big Bang production.
    2. One who can be a clear spokesperson: Lee Taek of SuJu is such a leader. In this case, he also happens to be the oldest but he strikes me as a person, who can settle the dispute among the group. He did a absolute fantastic job during the intro in Paris last weekend.

    • NicePeter

      How can GD have “gifted music talent” when his sorry ass has been busted multiple times for plagerism?

      • Kyana

        You should go back and do some reading on that because the blame was not all on GD. And have you ever listened to the song lies by Big Bang? That one is a G-Dragon original. You obviously don’t know the definition of talent.

    • clamsauce

      agreed. if anyone fits the complete package of a Leader in kpop its G Dragon. He’s the best out of all five, he’s talented, comes off as someone who is intelligent and hard working, and i think he keeps the other members focused.
      as with leeteuk he’s just good at being a leader. i mean even more so than singing and dancing talent, leeteuk seems like he’s the best mediator and decision maker, and charismatic enough for people to follow his lead
      onew as a leader is quite an interesting choice. he has such an great voice and at times i wonder why they didn’t make him lead vocal, but i guess there can’t be two lead vocals can there, so the only other spot for him is leader right, haha. he doesn’t really have leadership qualities persay to me, he doesn’t seem mature enough or strong willed enough, but shinee is a young group and none of them are really mature. i guess onew has this calmness about him that i think makes him a pillar for his other members. plus although he does a lot of silly gag, its clever and he seems like the smartest out of the bunch.
      with 2NE1 i don’t even think they really need a leader, haha, they seem to do whatever they want and seem to all get along as friends.

      • http://airanimechiic.blogspot.com tSLuna

        yeah yunho and leeteuk are probably good leaders- leeteuk is with a bunch of wild ones and yunho went through shit that he still has to deal with and somehow has managed to not land in a mental hospital.
        i think taeyeon needs special mention tho, cuz she’s managed to keep SNSD out of too much trouble. no breakup scandals, no boyfriend scandals, etc.

  • v

    gdragon makes a great leader because he contributes to his group a lot. as for 2ne1 cl is more like the speaker for the group so i guess thats why she is the leader. everybody seems to pretty much do their own thing but she usually seems to be the person who who is more verbal. i dont get why onew is the leader the main vocal looked like he fitted the part. as for snsd’s taeyeon i dont think she is the best leader i think a few of the members have the capability to run that group. i like after schools gahee because she gives off the aura that she runs that group which i believe she does as for t-ara i dont know whats going on.

    • Someone

      I would agree with some of this GD is a pretty good look at what plenty of netizens see as a leader. In regards to SNSD, Taeyeon is a powerful singer but not exactly the strongest voice (if you catch my drift). I agree that there are others who can lead but there seems to be a level of compliance between the girls; and lets be serious there can’t be an expectation of having a leader who can control a group over maybe 5 members (i.e SNSD (9)and SuJu (7-13? it keeps changing)). I think T-ara is just trying to figure out who best fits as the lead since they have swapped up so many times.
      But its important to note that we do not know them personally so we can’t really say a person is suited or not suited for the position.

      • v

        yeah thats true, its just views coming from what most of use observe. as for t-ara, maybe they will settle for eungung again, i dont get why they switched up since she was the leader for a good amount of time. i wonder who is the strongest verbally in that group, who takes action the most?

  • J

    Only Kahi, then GD comes to mind. You actually see them make decisions for their group, come up with concepts and music. These “leaders” aren’t as involved as those two, but I can totally see why girls like Sunye, CL and Gyuri became leaders in their respective groups. Even with Jay, when he was still a part of 2PM.

    In all honesty, most of SME’s leaders aren’t really…dunno. I mean Taeyeon comes off as immature to me at some times, Onew is just too meek (the way I see him), Victoria is just hard to explain.

    And the most baffling of course, is 4minute’s Jihyun. Why is she even.

    • raufaufai

      dont you know leeteuk? he is a great leader from sm entertaiment.go and do some research!!! then you’ll know what kind of leader he is!

    • Jenna Ly

      I think the reason is because they’re the oldest in their group. The only exceptions would be CL and G-dragon (from YGE which apparently likes to stray from the normal idol group rules) and the jay park(but that’s no longer the case). I think it’s more traditional in korea for the leader to be oldest because they already have a sense of authority over the other members.

  • http://twitter.com/xholliejessicax Hollie

    I think Minho would make a better leader of SHINee..I thought he was for a while, he just has that calm and in control vibe and all the other members seem to have a lot of respect for him. I agree with J, Onew does seem a little meek..

    • Sandara Rose

      I think Key would be a pretty good leader, actually. He is very aware of how he speaks when he has to speak for the group, and shows the image well. He’s also someone all the group gets along with well, and understands that SHINee is first and foremost a business collaboration, that’s why SHINee works together well. I think Onew and Jonghyun are great hyungs to Key, Taemin, and Minho, and Jonghyun is also a good support to his hyung Onew, and is the atmosphere maker in the group. Taemin and Minho both drive and inspire their hyungs because they work so hard to improve, Taemin in dance and singing, and Minho because he’s competitive and can’t not work hard. So Key is a good balance between a strong drive and communicating with his members, and with the public.

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  • raufaufai

    For me, leeteuk is the best kpop leader! how should i say
    there’s alot to say about him
    but here’s what the 12 suju members have to say about him
    which will explain it all:
    HEECHUL: Park Jungsoo(leeteuk) is always tired because of the 12 members, Man, you can’t cry by yourself. When you’re tired, lean on us, okay? , Although Gaeteukie(leeteuk’s nickname) and I are of the same age, but he takes care of the other members first’
    HANKYUNG: Our leader really cares for me. So i don’t feel tired
    YESUNG: As a leader, you’re the hyung that leads us but i was never able to thank you or tell you that you did a good job. I never realized how big your position is and i realized how we’ve been staying comfortably under you.
    KANGIN: Hyung(older brother), let me protect you my whole life.
    SHINDONG: Hyung, because you exists, super junior exists, you know right? Look after super junior until the end.
    SUNGMIN: “there are 13 members and i’m a person that needs to take care of 13 people so i shouldn’t show my weak sides.” I dont want him to think that anymore. If he is troubled with something discuss it with us.
    EUNHYUK: Our leader really loves us alot. If we have nothing to do, he’d stay awake with us and talk alot of things.
    DONGHAE:Teukie hyung(leeteuk) who thinks about others before himself and although it’s just a little more, he’d give others even more,I’ve trusted hyung for 10 years and I have never once regretted.In future Super Junior will continue to be under your guidance.
    SIWON:Hyung, I know during this time, you’ve had hardships. But everything will get better.
    RYEOWOOK: I really look up to leeteuk hyung like a brother. A brother i can trust and rely on.

    KIBUM:It’s always teukie hyung(leeteuk). We have so many members, many thoughts,
    many opinions. But he tolerated us very well. He’s so the best leader!!
    KYUHYUN:even everyone has their own opinion and personality, in the end leeteuk hyung’s one sentence gathers it all.
    LEETEUK TO MEMBERS: Thank you for following this fool’s lead

    This is leader leeteuk. He’s most respected by the members. This is how a leader should be, its becoz of him that there’s a very strong brotherhood relationship between them. A leader who sacrifice ,shed tears, risk himself for its group just to make it success. Super junior really mean alot to him as well as each and every suju members are precious to him. Although member hankyung left the group, he still hoping and waiting to welcome him back ,although member kangin created a problem(hit n run) for the group, he lead the member to wholeheartedly forgive and believe in him(kangin)(if u know kangin very well he’s not that bad, he apologise for his wrong doings), although member heechul damaged his own image (with his cold character,but he’s actually not like that if u know him) , leeteuk go around fixing it for him(heechul cried upon seeing this). Although during accident he ‘s injured on his head that needed 100 n more stiches, he still think of member kyuhyun that are badly injured too and prefer that paramedic would attend kyuhyun first.A leader who is entrusted by member donghae’s late father to take good care of donghae before donghae’s father died. Member eunhyuk whose wish to always stick around with his only leader leeteuk to follow his lead to follow his steps. A leader who monitors each an every activities that 12 members had, if you were to ask him any detailed questions abt suju members, I bet you, he would answer it all, coz he knows all 12 membres very very well. During trainee days, upon hearing that donghae and eunhyuk are hungry,a leader who has only 5 dollars in hand, finish his money to buy them food while he himself starving. A leader who at the end find himself a metal box to sit on to take a nap after a few days of hectic training. I am telling that being kpop leader is not only about know how to sing, compose song for their group and all. Its the big sacrifices for the hardship that makes leeteuk the great kpop leader.

    • Jade

      Im sorry but you really seem like a overly reacting fangirl. Sure,i might nt noe SJ that well but im pretty sure that u’re right. BUT, thats just the basic thing for a leader to do. Im sure all of the leaders out there does the same. Its just that YG selects their leaders BASED on TALENT and LEADERSHIP skills. Geez, sick of all those fangirls rushing to Suju’s or snsd’s or even shinee’s defence when ppl say the fact that they arent the best leaders.[nt gonna include Fx.Dun even understand y vic is the leader]

  • Hongjae Yim

    Taeyeon became #1 Girl group leader by Naver Music poll in 2013