Consisting of several excellent trainees from SM Entertainment, NCT has succeeded in making new breakthroughs in the K-pop industry since its debut in 2016. Initially, not many people understood the concept of NCT and their sub-units always presenting different concepts and also different members over time. So, who are the leaders of the group and each of NCT’s sub-units? Are there any difficulties in managing each member? Well, to get to know more about NCT’s leaders from NCT 127, NCT Dream, NCT U, and WayV, keep reading this article!
NCT 127’s Leader
When it comes to the leader, usually people will think that the leader appointed in a certain group is the oldest member. Even though Taeyong is not the oldest member in NCT, he was chosen naturally without any specific reason. In one of the interviews held with News1 on July 2020, Taeyong said that someone told him that he has a lot of potential and also a lot of pride while in the group. The management also likes Taeyong so he became a leader. Taeyong who was born in Seoul, South Korea, on July 1, 1995, reveals that he has a big responsibility towards his group and also plays a big role when it comes to work. “To be honest, I have the pressure of showing a different side of myself while appearing in each of NCT’s four subunits and also had a lot of concerns as well. While promoting and having a lot of experience, I finally felt that the pressure I felt had finally disappeared a bit.” He is one of the members who was once featured with Red Velvet’s song “Be Natural” when he was in SM Rookies. He said that he learned a lot as a leader of a large group about making good decisions for himself and thinking about other things that are best for him and the other members, too. “I should talk with the members about how we arrange our schedules and discuss many things and ideas on how we should do our best when it comes to work while having performances on stage.” Taeyong also revealed that he is the member who is in charge of speaking with the agency when it is related to something important to his group. The leader from NCT who managed to get ranked 22 on TC Candler‘s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018” also proved that not only can his talent as an idol amaze fans, but his visuals are no less than other idols and he is very charismatic. Taeyong also revealed that as a leader, he tries to be humble and respectful of the decisions of the other members, such as Taeil who is the oldest member in NCT. He is thankful that Taeil is very understanding. Likewise, he is thankful for Doyoung and Mark who always help him when it comes to discussions about performances. When it comes to the goal of NCT, a large boy group that has many members, Taeyong shared that he wants the members to acknowledge their abilities and work harder so in the future they will have a chance to work on solo careers. Starting his career as a member of a boy group and becoming a leader, Taeyong revealed that he wants to be recognized as an artist and overcome hardships together with NCT since they have a tight bond in the group. Taeyong’s dream and character as NCT’s leader is very amazing, right? This member, whose real name is Lee Tae-yong, also doesn’t talk much, but he has great charisma and shines when performing on stage. What do you think about NCT’s Taeyong’s leadership?
Lee Taeyong as NCT 127 & NCT’s Leader
Being a leader of a K-pop group is not easy. Automatically, a member who also has a position as a leader must be one of the members who stand out the most. As a leader who has an important role, Taeyong is the target of haters who reveal that he was a bully before he debuted with NCT. At the end of April 2020, Taeyong did get an accusation from a netizen who claimed that the NCT member was a bully during school with various evidence that was presented. After this issue, fans then asked SM to protect their artists from various false claims or accusations until they became trending on Twitter. Not only that, on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, fans around the world used the hashtags #AlwaysHereForTaeyong and #태용이의_사랑 은_툥프 들이_알아 (We know Taeyong’s love) to show support for the leader of NCT. Several fans also shared their views on the positive influence Taeyong has had on their lives through various tweets on Twitter. After a long silence, SM Entertainment as the agency that oversees NCT’s Taeyong finally opened their voice. This giant agency is trying to ward off this issue by revealing the past records of the NCT leader. “Regarding the reports about Taeyong, because this was something that happened 10 years ago in 2009, as Taeyong’s agency we asked for records from his family, including his junior high school records, to get an idea of the situation,” said a spokesperson for SM Entertainment. SM Entertainment said there was no record of bullying in this report. “This record shows nothing was mentioned in the report and there is no record of any disciplinary sentences. His family also never met the teacher [of Taeyong] regarding what was mentioned in the article,” added a spokesperson for SM Entertainment. However, in this statement, it is stated that when Taeyong was a child, he was acting less praiseworthy. “Taeyong deeply regrets his lack of thinking and hurtful things that he conveyed when he was in middle school before he started dreaming of becoming a singer. He also said that when he was a trainee and after debut, he apologized to those who felt it.” Behind the rumors of bullying that pointed to Taeyong as the perpetrator, Taeyong has completely transformed into a better person and is learning from the previous mistakes he made when he was in school. Being a trainee under SM Entertainment and joining activities at SM Rookies, Taeyong is also known as a member who is close to other trainees who are ready to debut with him in NCT. One of them is Ten, a trainee who came from Thailand and has even become one of the closest members to him until now. This proves that Taeyong is also known as a friendly and friendly trainee, right? Taeyong also respects other members who are older than him, which means Taeil who was born in 1994. He never once looked down on any members because of his position as leader. Taeyong even embraces the other members and considers them a part of his family nowadays. As the leader of the largest boy group, Taeyong can also position other members who come from abroad, such as Winwin. The member who was also promoted on NCT 127 was also embraced by him and he even helped Winwin to adapt to a group that is actively promoting in South Korea. In one episode on the reality show NCT Life, Taeyong was trying to find a way to buy Winwin ice cream.