Raising a Leader: What Every Parent Should Know

Posted by Tiara Swinson on February 06, 2019

how to raise a leaderThere are several characteristics that help forge a path to success, but some of the most valuable are leadership skills. Ensure you implant and nurture strong leadership skills within your child to set them on the right course. 

The Value of a Leader

Strong leadership skills can boost your child towards greater successes in their adult life. Yet, there are also plenty of benefits your child can profit from now. For example, leadership qualities and independence often go hand-in-hand. The more independent your child, the less susceptible they are to peer pressure and other outside influences. 

Whether it is staying focused in class or avoiding bad behaviors, leadership qualities can help keep your child, and their peers, out of trouble. Good leadership skills can also help improve your child’s confidence and make them more productive in and outside of the classroom.

Raising a leader does not take a unique skill set, but it does take a commitment to follow some fundamental practices on your part; here are some of them.

Build Confidence

To be a leader, your child must first be confident in their abilities. So, ensure you make a continual effort to praise your child whenever they are deserving. A simple “good job” can go a long way in a developing child. You should also teach your child that there is always room for more leaders. For example, if your child plays soccer, but they are not the team captain, ensure your child understands that there are still plenty of opportunities for them to lead. This can be done by being the first to pick up the practice equipment or the first to do the warm up stretches . All leaders have different qualities, so there is space for everyone. 

Encourage Social Engagement

Ensure you keep your child socially engaged. Leaders are most effective when they know how to communicate with others. Give your child plenty of opportunities to engage with their peers. Participation in youth sports is one great way to help your child build good communication skills. Talking to your child about being a leader and even displaying leadership skills is great, but social engagement is like on-the-job training. Also, the more socially involved your child, the more they get a chance to learn how to engage with a diverse group of people. 

Leave Space for Leadership

Let your child practice their leadership skills. Do not rush to solve their problems; give your child a chance to do so on their own, first. When you let your child face challenges, they learn how to identify and tackle problems, which are essential skills for leaders. However, always monitor their approach to problem-solving. You do not want your child to confuse leading with bullying. Ensure your child knows that a leader does not force, belittle, or hurt others.

Every child has the potential and should be, a leader. It is just up to you, their educators, and other influential people in your child’s life to make this vision a reality. 

 

Topics: Parenting Tips, Child Development

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