9 Resources for Building Leadership Skills in Your Child
Article by Jenna Sherman, Parent-Leaders.com
Of all the traits you want your kids to develop, leadership likely ranks highly. Children who learn to lead are more likely to speak up for themselves and pursue opportunities in life. But how can parents cultivate leadership abilities in their children?
Family Coaching offers these nine resources to help you guide kids of all ages in learning to lead.
Teaching children by giving them living examples to follow is an excellent parenting strategy.
Exhibit leadership qualities in your work and at home, giving your children a model to imitate.
Pursue a master’s degree (or a degree higher than the degree you currently hold) to fulfill your educational goals and reach a leadership role in your career.
Illustrate compassionate leadership by giving back to those in need.
Even for young children, opportunities to lead abound in everyday life.
Allow kids to voice their opinions and make decisions for personal growth. However, make sure that these decisions are within appropriate boundaries.
Involve kids in organized sports and other activities that prioritize teamwork; learning to work with others is a crucial element of leadership.
Practice good communication with your children to build their self-expression skills.
Children who learn to tackle age-appropriate challenges and handle responsibilities are likely to become leaders where it counts.
Assign chores to children to develop responsibility and self-management.
Permit your kids to tackle “dangerous” challenges for self-discovery. However, make sure these challenges are age-appropriate to ensure their safety.
Cook together – or put kids in charge of a meal – so they develop confidence in their own abilities.
Teaching leadership to kids isn’t as simple as a one-time lesson on standing up for themselves. Instead, parents should take a longer view of their children’s development and offer recurring opportunities to develop skills and confidence. The more your child learns to do for themselves – and others – the better leaders they’ll be.
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