One of the unique parts of K-Pop is the roles members are assigned within each group. In particular, when an idol is chosen as the group leader, it is crucial and carries a lot of pressure and responsibility.
In a recent online forum, netizens discussed some of the best K-Pop leaders in the industry. Here is a look at the ten K-Pop leaders that netizens think were perfectly chosen for the role.
1. RM (BTS)
It seems as if fans, idols, and journalists in Korea never have enough good things to say about BTS’s RM as the group’s leader. Whether promoting music, performing, or doing interviews, RM always makes sure to support his members, and he does his best to make sure they shine. Behind the scenes, RM has been involved in producing a lot of the group’s tracks. For many, he is the standard-bearer for leaders, and fans can’t seem to praise him enough.
2. Suho (EXO)
When K-Pop fans talk about the best leaders, EXO’s Suho is a name that has to be mentioned. Since debuting in 2011, Suho has been a strong force behind the team with his talent, skills, and personality. Although he isn’t the oldest member, Suho continues to care for his members and makes sure that they all have the chance to shine in front of the fans.
3. Seungyoon (WINNER)
Unlike many leaders in K-Pop, WINNER’s Seungyoon is actually the maknae in the group. Despite this, fans continue to praise his ability as a leader with all the hard work and dedication. Like many idols on this list, he also actively participates in the group’s music, producing the songs and writing lyrics.
4. Leeteuk (Super Junior)
The journey for Super Junior in the K-Pop industry has been far from a walk in the park. For many fans, Leeteuk has been the glue that has held the group together. No matter the situation, Leeteuk always puts his members first, and the prime example was when the group had a car accident. He ensured that all of the other members were treated before himself. The members believe that Super Junior may not have had such a long and successful career without him.
5. Solar (MAMAMOO)
As the oldest member of MAMAMOO, Solar was the perfect choice for being the group’s leader for many reasons. Since debuting, fans have noticed just how protective Solar is over her members, making sure that their well-being was put first and they were never made to feel uncomfortable. Yet, although she is seen as the “mother” of the group, she also knows how to have a good time and make sure that all her members work hard and play hard.
6. Hongjoong (ATEEZ)
Despite being the youngest idol on this list, since ATEEZ debuted in 2018, Hongjoong’s leadership skills have continued to be praised. From a young age, Hongjoong has always worked hard on his music. After debuting with ATEEZ, he put all his effort into creating music that both the members and fans can relate to. Yet, although Hongjoong can be serious when it comes to work, with the small age gap between the members, he also has a lot of fun. There is no denying that Hongjoong is the perfect support system for his members.
7. Jihyo (TWICE)
Jihyo was a trainee at JYP Entertainment for over ten years and, despite all the setbacks, she worked hard and eventually debuted in TWICE. With her experience and personality, she ensures that all members are taken care of. She is also an extraordinarily well-rounded and talented idol who excels in everything she does. Jihyo is always growing as an artist and helps TWICE continue to gain success worldwide.
8. JR (NU’EST)
When JR was on Produce 101, he showed just how selfless and kind he is as a leader with every team he worked with. Since debuting, he shows how good he is, and fans have always noticed how special NU’EST’s JR is as the group’s leader. No matter what the group has been through, he continues to make sure that all of his members can shine, even if it’s at his own expense.
9. Hyojung (Oh My Girl)
Hyojung from Oh My Girl is seen as one of the best female K-Pop leaders. Known for her positivity and energy, she is the perfect person to keep her members motivated during long schedules. She is also the kind of person who not only cares for her members but makes sure that they never feel uncomfortable. In particular, during a variety show, Binnie was given a penalty and had to face a bungee jump. Knowing that she was afraid of heights, Hyojung volunteered to take the penalty. It shows just how much she loves her members.
10. Bang Chan (Stray Kids)
For many K-Pop fans, the topic of best leaders can’t be discussed without including Stray Kids’ Bang Chan. Whether in live broadcasts, interviews, or social media, Bang Chan always finds ways to encourage and praise his members. Aside from his love for the members, as part of 3racha, Bang Chan has played such an important part in creating the group’s music and sound. Despite being so young, he has taken on the tough role as the leader and helped the group grow and thrive.