Leadership ability can be nurtured and groomed in every child because the potential to become a leader is ingrained in each and every one of them.
To help develop leadership skills in kids here are some simple things parents and teachers can do:
1. Lead by example: Good leaders should lead by example. Walk your talk. Volunteering together for community work is a great way so that children will see you in action. Show them how it feels to make a difference in society and what it means to be passionate about community.
2. Let them choose their own path: Allow them to express their individuality. Nurture, guide and support them; help them become leaders of their own lives and let their strengths and passions shine.
3. Give lessons to succeed: To let them taste success set up small projects and goals. By mastering new skills and managing tasks on their own they’ll gain confidence and valuable self-esteem.
4. Introduce them to achievers: Make sure your children know people who are making an impact and making a difference. Let them be familiar with those people who are achieving things in the world and who are blazing trails. Let them hear from them what it takes to be a successful leader.
5. To help them learn to understand others seek to understand them: Make your kids understand the importance of listening to others. A leader’s most important quality is his or her skill of listening, and the more intuitive it becomes the earlier it’s learned.
6. Teach them never to become quitters: When they start something to encourage them to pursue it no matter what. Use the opportunity to teach them resolve and perseverance unless the situation is truly unsustainable. Even if they are not doing well, tell them that it is ok, but never stop trying.
7. Help them learn to be great communicators: Leadership and relationships are built on communication. Help your children to be bold and speak their mind. You give them the ability to build relationships by nurturing their communication skills.
8. Highlight the importance of collaboration: To cooperate across differences and get along with others, they have to be taught the importance of teamwork. One of the most vital skills you can pass on is learning to work successfully in a team.
9. Teach them the importance of good character: Having good character means that your child will have such admirable traits as responsibility, honesty, and courage. That is the most important of all the lessons you can teach a child. If the foundation is laid on respect, honesty, integrity, and trust, the child will be able to become a successful leader.
10. Encourage to lead from the heart: This is the trait of all successful people. Teach kids the importance of inclusion and diversity. Show them the importance of equality and the value of multiple perspectives. Keep an open mind and heart and your children will follow suit.