Strong leadership skills are essential to success in life. From a very young age, we are faced with an abundance of choices that we must act upon, we can either choose to ‘follow the crowd,’ or take on the role of a leader. Each option comes with its rewards, as well as its consequences.
Children are no different when it comes to the choices they face, though the content may be different, the options remain the same. Teaching your child to be a leader has many great rewards: Children with strong leadership skills are less prone to peer pressure, are more inclined to avoid dangerous behaviors, and are more likely to succeed both in studies and later in life.
There are many ways to instill strong leadership skills in your children and teach them the traits that a good leader holds. Below is a list of simple, yet effective ways to teach your child how to be a leader, instead of having them follow the crowd.
How to Teach Leadership Skills to Teenagers
Lead by example
The best way to teach your children something is to live the lesson yourself. By showing your children that you are the type of person who leads, makes the right choices, and doesn’t follow the crowd to ‘be cool’ they will likely pick-up the trait of a leader themselves.
Teach your child about ethics
A child who has been thoroughly taught the difference between right and wrong, or good and bad, is more apt to make their own choices in life, rather than follow the actions of others.
Instill good values
Teaching children the importance of good life values, such as; Accountability, Justice, Honor, and Independence will help to ensure that they make good choices in the future. By instilling, and living, by these rules, your child will have a base in which to form their decisions.
Strong communication with your child is imperative if you wish to raise a leader. Showing your child that you are there for them to listen and support them will help them to open up and grow with confidence. Keep the lines of communication open, and be careful of when you judge or how often you preach. Showing your child that you are not only a parent, but a support system for their choices will give them the assurance they need to choose their own path.
If you want your child to be a leader you must trust the choices that they make. Don’t overwhelm them with your opinion, or your lectures, try to allow them to make their own decisions with the trust that you raised them well. Smothering your child will not help them to flourish or grow as a leader, trust is the key to success in the parent-child relationship and will help them to gain the independence that a leader needs.
The importance of goals
You must teach your child how to set and achieve their goals if you want to see them grow to be a strong leader one day. Goals are the roadway to success, and teaching your child the importance of goals will help them throughout their lives. Even at a young age children can be taught about goals, use goal charts and rewards to help them see the power in such a skill.
Leadership skills are a great tool for life, and those who possess them are usually successful and happy in whatever they do. Teaching such skills to your children does not have to be difficult and can make a world of difference in their lives. Live by example and show them that you are there to support them in all the decisions they face.
Remember that even the greatest leaders sometimes make mistakes. If your child happens to stumble, don’t be too harsh. Show your support and help them get back on their feet to face the challenge again with a strong heart and an open mind. That is what will make them a true leader!