Developing Leadership Skills in Children - Tips and Suggestions
By Andrew Loh
Leadership skills are a combination of many characteristics and
factors that enable children to streamline and correct their mindset
and outlook. In fact, these characteristics enable your children
profit immensely in whatever they do, wherever they go and however
they live. Some of these characters are:
The immense need to be challenged by events and situations: Children
who have leadership qualities always express their desire to face
tough challenges, risks and obstacles. They also want find solutions
to the problems at hand with an air of supreme confidence.
Solve problems creatively: Children who are adept at showing
leadership qualities always look to solve problems with a creative
angle. With creativity, they can find solutions to a number of dicey
problems both in their classroom and in social circle.
To show an ability to provide a strong sense of reasoning: A child
who is a born leader will always reason in a critical manner.
Finding solutions in a critical manner comes naturally to a child
who has a number of leadership skills.
Show an ability to forge new relationships: Leaders love association
with people and friends. They have the ability to create new
friendship with strangers. In fact, they can help their friends with
a sense of deep conviction.
They are self-motivated: All leaders are self-motivated and filled
with a burning desire to achieve impossible things. Self-motivation
can propel them forward to achieve lot of impossible goals.
Developing leadership skills in your children is a Herculean task
and time-consuming affair. However, when you make it a regular
practice, you can expect your children to learn these skills in
double quick time. Before teaching leadership skills to your
children, you will need to learn and master them for your own use.
Here are some of the most important leadership skills that you can
learn and master:
Communication: Leadership skills are never complete without learning
effective communication techniques. Encourage your child to learn
and master the basics of effective and meaningful communication.
Listening to others is the first step in learning communication
skills. Communication is the art of responding to others after
listening to them first. Train your children to listen first so that
they know what others are speaking first.
Exercise: Ask your children to listen how you speak and talk. Make
them listen to your viewpoints first before speaking to you.
Allocate at least 30 minutes daily for this exercise.
Collaboration and teamwork: Working with others without any problem
is the foremost important leadership skills. Nothing is possible
without teamwork. Your children must learn how to work with other
with a perfect sense of camaraderie. The important task of working
as a team is to reduce the time and energy needed to complete a
task. Children overprotected by their parents may fail to work as
team members. Your children will do well when you train them to work
Exercise: Ask your children to mingle with other children while
playing or studying. Assign them with some work and ask them to come
back to you with a teamwork report. Help them play in a team
The art of negotiation and compromising: Give and take is a very
good policy that reduces personal animosities and disagreements.
Train your children to negotiate with their peers and friends. If
they have some disagreements, ask them to compromise to arrive at a
mutually agreeable solution. The most important thing here is to
ensure that your children complete the assigned task.
Exercise: Teach your children the art of negotiating and
compromising. Set up one or two teams to learn the art of
negotiation and compromise.
The art of planning and making strategies: Planning and creating
useful strategies form two of the most important leadership skills.
Taking time to discuss, plan and create strategies are very vital
leadership skills. When there is a large task, your children can get
discouraged. When you teach your child how to split the task into
different but workable groups, he or she develops the necessary
confidence to work on the task with a peace of mind.
Exercise: Assign and large task and ask your children to split the
task into a number of sub tasks. Show them how to do it. Once you
teach them the required plan to work on a large task, you can
evaluate the results and provide suggestions and comments if there
is a need. Involve a number of children in this activity.
Leaders are the best readers! One of the best methods to make your
children better leaders is to make them read better books. If your
children are young, you can read them great stories about great
leaders. Introduce your children to the world of great leaders and
mentors by showing them interesting movies. Children who develop
leadership in their young age will lead a life of extreme discipline
and determination. In nutshell, leadership skills are one of the secret
keys to life success.
Discovering the Real Me: Student Textbook 11: Developing Leadership Skills
By June Saunders, Robert Beebe, Alan Saunders and Solomon Pobanz
As future leaders of their own families and the current
leaders of their own lives, students need to develop
leadership skills. The book Developing Leadership Skills
emphasizes taking responsibility by making good decisions,
taking the lead in understanding others and developing
relationship skills, being community-minded, being
responsible in romantic and sexual relationships, coping
with adversity and diversity, handling money, and being
responsible for the environment.
Examples of leaders, both famous and not-so-famous, as well
as examples of leading schools of thought, help students
relate to what leadership really is. Entertaining graphics
and intriguing sidebars tell illustrative stories that
underscore the meaning of the chapters.