One of the most important lessons a child can learn as they grow is how to become a successful leader. In the age we live in, it sometimes seems as though everyone wants the perks of being a leader, but few want to invest the time and energy that it takes to become one. If you can instill the qualities of being a true successful leader into your child, your child will be a step ahead of the rest as they grow. Leaders are incredibly important in our society. Too many people simply follow everyone else and don't cultivate their own beliefs and opinions. Those who will become the true leaders of society will be those who dared to step out on their own and make choices based on their values - rather than just following along the wide path that so many blindly follow. Below are some of the qualities of a successful leader that will help your child to become the best one they can be.
Learning to Follow. Being a leader is a position that stands out to many individuals simply because they don’t like to take orders, and they may feel that being the one giving orders will solve this problem. However, being a successful leader also requires knowing how to follow the lead of others. If you want others to follow you as you wish, putting yourself under the wisdom and direction of another person will help you to stay humble and will help you remember the needs of those under you.
Letting Others Shine. Sometimes, being in charge makes us forget that there is a time and a place for everyone to shine. Remind your child that as a leader, they should actively seek out opportunities to let others have their moment in the spotlight. A great leader makes others feel good about themselves, and giving them these opportunities will ensure that this happens often.
Working with Others. Teaching your child to work well with others will enhance their ability to lead. Everyone loves a leader who is a team player. By building the skill of team co-operation in your child, he or she will be more prepared to become a leader who is well liked, and known for their good qualities. Being Open to Constructive Criticism. As a leader, your child will sometimes find themselves open to criticism from all angles. Teach them to see the good in this. When someone appears to be critical of your child’s leadership, train them to try and take at least one thing from it that they can learn. Teach them the importance of sometimes overlooking the tone that the critical remark or advice is said in. Teach them to stand up for themselves when attacked, but to learn whenever possible.
Being a leader is not the glamorous life it sometimes appears. Teach your child the true meaning of being a leader, and how the path to gaining those qualities takes strength and humility. Remind them of the importance of leaders in our society, and the need to keep their motives in check. The world will benefit from as many great leaders as are available.
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Beverly Jones-Durr is an Author, Dynamic Speaker, Certified Life and Business Strategist and Educational Facilitator. She is Founder and Executive Director at Every Child Has a Story a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our programs, The Writer’s Vibe and Speech Crafters Speech and Debate Club - enhance self-esteem and confidence in children age 8 and up. We have created programs that empower young people to command their voice, feelings, ideals, energy and intellect and use all of that to boost their communication skills. Speech Crafters Speech and Debate Club is a safe place for members to explore creativity and enhance their communication skills. What's the back door benefits? We're building Self Esteem and Self Confidence one child at a time creating tomorrow's leaders, TODAY! The Writer’s Vibe empowers kids to use words to write stories only they can write and become stellar wordsmiths whose talents will no doubt someday change the world. Check us out and prepare to be amazed! You can also follow Beverly 0n Twitter, FaceBook and Pinterest