Leadership skills are important for children’s future.
By teaching leadership skills, children will learn gradual independence and learn to explore and discover things around them, whilst taking safety into consideration.
As being a leader also involves team work and cooperation, communication skills are vital. By encouraging leadership, children’s motivation and performance levels will increase, and they will also feel cared for and valued. Individuals will also become creative and open minded by taking part in imaginative play and group activities. This will also increase social interactions and relationships, and help children to develop their communicating skills.
Children develop their language and communication skills as they grow older. These skills contribute to how successful a leader is, as individuals must be able to communicate effectively in a wide variety of situations.
Sport is a great way for children to develop both their communication and leadership skills, as they learn to respect others and work as a team.
To be a leader, individuals need to realise that they are part of something bigger, and by making a team feel this way they will be more successful. Individuals that want to lead must recognise this.
What Qualities Make a Great Leader?
- Good listener
- Working with people’s strengths
- Understands the goals and directions they aim to go in
- Have the team’s feelings in mind?
How to Encourage Being a Leader?
- Set a good example. Children will follow by lead, and by being influenced positively by their parents they will learn and become motivated. As a parent, balancing work and personal lives teaches accountability through effective leadership.
- Reward optimistic thinking. Optimism is connected with success and by rewarding individuals that act this way, it is furthering their chances of reaching their goals and making a healthy habit for life.
- Encourage team activities such as playing sport or carrying out a project together. Children will learn valuable lessons about teamwork through such activities.
- Emphasize perseverance. Future leaders must learn that disappointment may be inevitable, but to preserve through this to reach success. Children will learn to move forward and will thus motivate them further.
- Encourage decision making skills. One of the main jobs of a leader will be to make decisions, so it is a vital skill for children to learn at a young age. Start to do this by narrowing down options to two or three, and gradually increase this. This will ensure that children don’t become overwhelmed but will learn at a pace that suits them.