5 Leadership Characteristics For Your Child To Develop
Children are more resilient and self-sufficient than we give them credit for so encouraging them to not only identify their capabilities but also to challenge themselves by doing things they aren’t sure about will help them develop the skills of perseverance. Facing challenges and succeeding or not, help children develop resiliency which is vital to managing in an adult world. Here’s a resiliency quiz to take. Helping kids acknowledge what they can do on their own and empower them to ask for help when they need it without feeling weak or inferior is one of the leadership characteristics.
The world today can be violent and scary, as evidenced by our daily news. However, it can also be beautiful and full of hope. Teaching your child that they are individually important but are no more important than their neighbors will help them develop acceptance for others. Helping your child recognize that their view of the world is unique to them and that others experience the world differently and that learning from one another will expand their world can help them develop compassion for others. This is another important one of the leadership characteristics.
3. Social Skills.
With texting and snap chatting and everything between, our kids are losing the ability to communicate effectively and emotionally with one another. There are kids today who are unable to leave a voicemail or write a letter, because they simply don’t know how. Facing another human being in person and being vulnerable is scary but in some ways more valuable. Raw emotions cannot be explained via emojis. Helping your child learn how to be social, deal with disagreements, share emotions, in person, and be a good listener, are all vital to being successful as they grow up and in the adult world. As well, learning how to reach out to others and share ones vulnerabilities is crucial to battling emotional isolation and misunderstanding. Leaders have excellent social skills because they are good listeners and communicators.
If we always did things one way, the world’s problems would never be solved. Creativity keeps things alive and fresh. Many kids flock towards what has been done before or modeled to them, when we actually want kids to think for themselves and use their creative brain. When kids are allowed time and space to be creative or even bored, they can come up with incredible ideas. There is a lot of research about the importance of “down” time to allow for creativity.
5. A Positive Attitude.
All of the previous characteristics of a leader are essential but also having a positive attitude. Being positive about life will help children feel good about themselves and also about the world. This trait can sometimes be an innate part of ones temperament but it can also be developed through modeling by parents, mentors and teachers. When things are difficult, if a child can think positively, it’ll help to change their thinking and create space for creativity, acceptance and resilience. Leaders come in all shapes and forms and this group allows kids to decide who it is they want to be in the world.
Here are some interesting articles about leadership qualities from various sources which you might find interesting: The Characteristics of Leadership: 7 Important Traits