Parenting - values | 6-12 yrs

Teaching Your Child About Leadership

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“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”

― Dolly Parton

It is not easy to define leadership as it can mean different things to different people. The common opinion is that leadership is the ability to inspire or influence others and lead them towards a certain goal. Good leadership is a mix of the following: excellent communication skills, a readiness to take up challenges, problem-solving capabilities, quick thinking and creativity. Some children are born with leadership skills. But with right training and guidance, every child can be groomed to become a leader. You can also encourage and train your children to become good leaders by teaching them certain leadership skills.

According to extension.psu.edu, “Encourage children to pursue things that interest them. They may develop a passion for it, feel comfortable and later take on a leadership role. While every child may not end up in a formal leadership position, it is a good bet that she or he will be doing some sort of leadership in the future.”

You can start the process of grooming your children to become leaders by doing a few simple things. Allow your children to come up with solutions before providing them readymade answers. Offer praise when your children do a good job. Encourage them when they do an average job, so that they do it in a better way the next time. Teach your children about leadership through your own example. Allow them space to do things on their own in their own way.

Teaching your child about leadership is all about preparing them to face the challenges of life.

For tips on this, you can read the articles in this ClipBook.

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