A lot of people claim to be leaders, but are they really? What does it mean to be a leader? And more importantly, what does it mean to be a good leader? Many adults have a hard enough time answering these questions, so it’s no surprise that children might struggle to answer, too. We all know what a good leader is when we see one, but it isn’t always easy to know how to describe them. It’s best to try to show children what a good leader is early in life so that they apply those qualities and traits to their own lives as they grow up.
Sit your child down and ask them what a leader is. Ask them if they think they are a leader and why or why not. Their answers may surprise you.
So, what does it mean to be a leader and how do you help your child to become one?
Being a leader is being a good role model. Leaders are people that others want to follow and be like. So, if your child wants to be a leader they must first be aware of how they can be a good role model to their peers. They must know how to inspire the goodness and greatness in others while being aware of it all within themselves.
What does a person have to do to be a leader?
Leaders make good choices. A leader is an example to those around them. If others see a leader making good choices, they will be inspired to do the same.
Leaders are confident. Don’t be afraid to be you. Do the things you love and be proud of them. Inform your child that their confidence is inspiring to others. People don’t want to follow someone who is always doubting themselves. To be a leader, they must be sure of themselves first.
Leaders are kind. You never know how your kindness can affect someone for the better. Someone could be having a bad day, but a small bit of kindness towards them can turn it around for the better. Let your child know how they affect other people. Let them know a little kindness goes a long way.
Leaders are intelligent. Leaders make informed choices and are people that others can learn from.
Leaders are committed. Leaders start things and they finish them. Children, and even adults, have a problem of starting things and never finishing them. It is best to instill in them early the importance of staying committed to something, whether it be a task or a goal. Show them that to be a leader they must stay focused on their goal and keep striving forward to reach it
Leaders are respectful. Leaders are considerate of others. They respect the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of other people. Good leaders do not disrespect others just because someone may have differing opinions.
Leaders are just. Leaders do what is right, not just for themselves but for everyone around them. Teach your children to stand up for what they believe in, and to defend others that may be treated unjustly. Show them how to recognize injustice and how to react toward it. Show them that it is important to help people who can’t take care of themselves, and to defend those who are being persecuted around them.
Leaders are helpful. Great leaders help people around them. They volunteer within their communities and aid wherever they see a need. Encourage your child to help those who need it, whether it’s to help someone with their homework or volunteering at a local soup kitchen or animal shelter. Leaders look to see how they can make the world better, so they help wherever they can.
Leaders take initiative. Don’t wait for someone else to do something. Take action and do it yourself. If you see a need, fulfill it. Leaders are people of action.
Leaders always look forward toward the future. Don’t let the past hold you back and keep you from moving forward. Leaders learn from their mistakes, and great leaders learn from the mistakes of others. Teach your child to learn from their experiences and to keep striving forward.
A great leader is capable of all these things. It may seem like a lot to try to instruct your child to do all at once, so just take it step by step. Introduce them to these ideas one at a time. Maybe focus one trait a week. For example: This week we’re going to focus on being helpful, or This week we’re going to focus on being confident. The best thing you can do for your children when trying to teach them how to be a leader is to be an example of one yourself. Demonstrate the traits of a leader and your children will be sure to follow suit.