Are you teaching your Child Leadership Skills for a better tomorrow?

leadership qualities for kids

Looking at the present situation, we can easily predict that the world will be completely different and fiercely competitive when our children are grown-ups and ready to venture out into the world. So, it is our responsibility to make them well equipped with some leadership skills so that they can face the challenges of life as well as bring positive changes in the world. “Leaders are not born, they are made”.  Every child has the potential to be a leader and it is our duty to nurture these leadership qualities. Generally, we associate leadership with power. But leadership is the ability to work with others as a team to achieve a common goal.

WHY IS LEADERSHIP IMPORTANT FOR KIDS?

  • Leadership teaches a kid to work as a team and collaborate with others to achieve something great.
  • Leadership changes the mindset and perspective of a person.
  • As leadership skills allow children to solve problems, it makes them more efficient in taking control of their life.
  • Different leadership activities for kids provide many opportunities to grow them as more socially compatible with each other.
  • It is always a great thing to raise a courageous and righteous leader who can contribute to the well being of mankind.

For the personal and professional development of our children, we should try to develop leadership skills in our children. And it becomes more effective when we start it early. Irrespective of the educational qualifications, anyone can become a leader if he nurtures some essential leadership qualities with patience.

HOW TO RAISE A CHILD TO BE A LEADER?

To nurture child leadership parents have to be focused and involved in the process. In some cases, they have to actively participate by engaging in leadership activities for kids.

ALLOW TO TAKE PART IN SPORTS:

Sports is the most effective way to teach leadership skills to our children. Understanding the team objective and perform collectively to achieve that  – this basic quality of a leader can be developed in our children if we allow them to take part in different sports from a young age. From sports only,  they can learn to trust other teammates, recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and set up the strategy accordingly to be successful.

Sports also teach how to make the right decision even under tremendous pressure, the ability a leader must-have. Maintaining your cool while coming out of your comfort zone, is not everyone’s cup of tea. A true leader only can do this and we can help our kids to acquire this power by encouraging them to take part in sports.

INVOLVE IN DECISION MAKING AND PLANNING:

Successful leaders don’t hesitate to take the right decision even in the most adverse situation. To inculcate leadership qualities in our children we should involve them in decision making on less serious family issues or while planning a family trip or a party. Our children feel empowered when we ask for their opinion on anything. Regardless of their age, we should allow our children to make little choices. At the same time, we should help them understand the consequences of their decision. In an age-appropriate manner, we should teach them to analyze other options available to them.

Letting them taking decisions on their own enhances their confidence and eventually, they grow their own voice.  Teachers can contribute a lot to teaching leadership skills to students by engaging them in various leadership activities. How confidently someone takes decision determines whether others would follow him or not. Among his peer group, how a student analyzes a problem and takes an unbiased and appropriate decision, helps developing child leadership.

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY:

Nobody can be a leader without excellent communication skills. To inspire others and build a relationship with them we need proper communication. Listening to others patiently and understanding them is a crucial part of communication. Parents can teach children how to appreciate others, how to express disagreement without hurting anyone’s feelings by practicing these themselves. Moreover, communication is the key to influence others by your mission and vision of life. Through effective communication, a leader can share what he has to say and motivate and stimulate others to follow that.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Parents can enhance the communication skills of children by engaging with them in conversation regarding a book or a TV show or experience in the school. Taking part in different school activities also help a kid improve his communication skills.

NURTURE POSITIVE ATTITUDE:

By incorporating positive attitudes in their behavior, parents influence children to adopt the right kind of attitude towards life and the people around them. Learning to respect others while having faith in himself, enables a child to take responsibility. He should have the flexibility to accept his weaknesses and failures as well as criticism from others. Parents are completely responsible for nurturing a positive attitude in their children by showing gratefulness and compassion to others.

ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY:

We can easily understand that the future world will be very uncertain for our children. In the competitive world, to stand out from the rest, creativity will be the most significant factor. It is our job to prepare our children for the future. A creative mind that embraces all the possibilities and works for improvements can save an organization as well as a society from setbacks. Instead of helping a child with his school projects, we should let him do on his own. We should encourage our children’s creativity by allowing themselves to plan a party, or by simply baking their favorite muffins or cookies together with different toppings or varying ingredients. If a child plays with blocks, tiles, play dough, and dress-up clothes like toys, his creativity gets boost up.

TAKE PART IN VOLUNTEER WORK:

Parents can contribute a lot to developing leadership qualities in a child by taking part in some volunteer works along with them. Raising a fund to help needy people, donating generously to the distressed people during a natural disaster, all these acts of kindness inculcate leadership qualities in our kids. A belief in one’s own self that he or she can bring a positive change in the society ignites the passion that a successful leader possesses. Student leadership is built on the foundation of volunteering as it provides the opportunity to work for a greater purpose and create an excellent network.

We can play a big role in child leadership by allowing children to participate in different volunteer works. These works teach them to work in a team following someone’s guideline within a time limit and communicate with people of all ages and from all strata of society.  Coming out of his comfort zone and being connected with others,  volunteer works generate empathy and confidence in a child.

TEACH HOW TO HANDLE FAILURE:

The ability to handle failure successfully is the most important leadership quality. Most of the time, we become eager to take the share of success and ready to blame others for failure. But if we teach our children how to handle failure like a boss from an early age, it will help them to analyze the failure and set the next course of action. Instead of blaming others, a true leader learns from the mistakes and failures and explores a new path to achieve success.

32 thoughts on “Are you teaching your Child Leadership Skills for a better tomorrow?

  1. Reply
    Charlotte Petit Noble
    July 17, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I love this. I believe it’s important for our kids to develop certain skills and this one is essential. Thank you for the tips.

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      sankhamala
      July 17, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you, Charlotte ! I am happy that you have liked it.

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    Nora
    July 17, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I love your article! Even if it is not always easy with the little ones, it is essential to prepare them well for their future. Thank you!

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      sankhamala
      July 17, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you, Nora! Yes, it needs a lot of patience…

  3. Reply
    Celina
    July 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Such great tips and advice! So important to teach our children all the things they need to be successful in their life. Thank you!

    1. Reply
      sankhamala
      July 18, 2020 at 4:50 am

      Welcome,Celina!

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    Adrienne
    July 18, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    I love this it’s so important for children to have leadership skills. We have to set them up for success. Thank you for sharing these tips.

    1. Reply
      sankhamala
      July 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks, Adrienne for stopping by and sharing your views!!!

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    Karin
    July 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    Man, not only should kids be taught leadership skills- but they should be taught to lead with love, understanding and acceptance for all!

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      Jess
      July 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      I’m presently working towards my Masters in Leadership and Management and I have to say that creativity is so vital when it comes to leadership!! So much on the spot innovation must take place, and so frequently every day!!! The rest of the list is brilliant as well!! Great reminders for me to take into the rest of our summer!

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        sankhamala
        July 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        Thank you, Jess, for your valuable opinion…

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      Jess
      July 20, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      This!!! YES! Love and acceptance is the secret ingredient to true leadership!

      1. Reply
        sankhamala
        July 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm

        Yes, Jess !!!

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      sankhamala
      July 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      Yes, Karin.

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    Molly
    July 20, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    We really struggle with decision making! I believe in allowing my kids to make decisions and then at some point I realized that they were trying to make decisions that were not within their scope. I then tried to step back and limit the decision making a bit more. It is such a balancing act!

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      sankhamala
      July 20, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Yes, parents should know their children’s abilities and act accordingly.

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    Jess
    July 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    I’m presently working towards my Masters in Leadership and Management and I have to say that creativity is so vital when it comes to leadership!! So much on the spot innovation must take place, and so frequently every day!!! The rest of the list is brilliant as well!! Great reminders for me to take into the rest of our summer!

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    Christa Stockton
    July 20, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    This is great! So, SO important to teach our kids how to handle failure as it will always be a part of life. Great tips, it can be scary thinking about what the world will look like when our kids are grown!

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      sankhamala
      July 21, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Yes, Christa! Sometimes I become very much worried about my son’s future…

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    Amy
    July 21, 2020 at 12:25 am

    This was a great read! We always try to include our older son in certain decisions. He’s old enough now to understand so we talk through the possible options and ask him what he thinks. It’s funny because he sometimes brings things up that we didn’t even think of.

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      sankhamala
      July 21, 2020 at 5:30 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It’s very good that you include your son in decision making..

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    Monica Tatomir
    July 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Excellent ideas to help little ones become future leaders. I also think that being involved in decision making and learning how to handle failure are key elements in raising a leader. Great article for parents who want their kids to succeed!

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      sankhamala
      July 22, 2020 at 5:51 am

      Thanks, Monica !!!

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    Adriane
    July 21, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Oooh your last point is so spot on. Leadership skills are so important for kids to learn and yet, it’s not often the focus. I’m so thankful I was part of a group growing up that specifically taught us these skills going through all the steps you broke down. It was life-changing!

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      sankhamala
      July 22, 2020 at 5:52 am

      Thanks, Adriane for sharing your experiences !!!

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    Tierra Muldrow
    July 31, 2020 at 4:59 am

    OMG yes! This is so important! We’re trying to teach our children to be thinkers and not just follow others. It can be hard. I’m scared of the teenage years. I’m hoping by building up their confidence and fostering their creativity they will become great leaders.

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      sankhamala
      July 31, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks for your opinion !

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    Kay
    July 31, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Very good advice! It is so important to teach our little one these skills. It is so important to create the best future possible for our little ones!

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      sankhamala
      July 31, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, Kay !!! It is very important.

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    Melinda Cummings
    July 31, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Love this!
    SO important to develop leadership qualities.

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    Ashten
    August 1, 2020 at 2:56 am

    I love this post! So many wonderful tips to help develop leadership skills in our children! I especially love the last tip. As an educator, I have found that most kids struggle with failure, but it is such a wonderful learning opportunity!

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    TheHappyMommie
    August 1, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I strongly believe in what you said, we should try to let kids take small decisions and also encourage them to be independent.

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