If leaders are born, not made, then I won’t be making sense at all writing this article and to share it here in the first place. If all the leaders in history, no matter how great and insignificant, were predestined to lead, then the training and nurturing they would have needed would come out useless. I believe that leadership is something that can either be innate or practiced, allow me then to give you some insights on the matter and from a parent’s point of view.
Parents can help their children develop leadership skills in so many ways. To start with, there must be a clear definition of the word “leadership.” From a parental perspective, leadership is the ultimate application of good character. It is not enough for a person to possess good character to become a good leader. Because no matter how good you are and can be, if you can’t translate that into action, most especially when the situation requires you so, then what’s the use.
A good leader is someone who knows where he stands and can convince people to go or agree with him in such a way that is motivating, inspiring, and encouraging. He is someone who has the ability, common sense, and courage to live a life in line with such a special identity. He takes delight in maintaining positive relations with others.
Leaders are made, can be made, although some of them are gifted with leadership skills they have inherited from their parents. As a parent, one of the most fruitful and rewarding things you can do is to help your child develop leadership skills. You can start raising your child to become a leader by:
EXPRESSING YOUR PRIDE IN HIM
You must let your child feel how proud you are in every leadership role he is into and one that extends himself to others. Be supportive, especially in times when he needs your approval on something that allows him to act like a leader for a particular situation, in a positive way.
GIVING HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
There are a lot of ways in which your child can make a difference. It doesn’t always have to be big, but every little way in which you think he is positively contributing something. Simple acts of kindness and volunteerism like helping his playmates fix his broken toys or sharing a portion of his snack can mean a lot.
CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF TEAM BUILDING AND COOPERATION
By simply inviting your son’s friends to team up with him or cooperate on a particular cause you were devising or even a clean-up drive, you are helping him shape his leadership mindset with or without yourself knowing it.
ENCOURAGING HIM TO REFLECT ON THE LIVES OF SOME OF THE WORLD’S IMPORTANT LEADERS
Start by introducing before your child the stories or biographies of these loved world leaders and put emphasis on the important things they were able to contribute to the society, the people, and the world that made all the difference. Don’t forget to remind him that these leaders are just ordinary people who made an impact through the services they rendered.
MAKING HIM FEEL THAT IT IS ONE OF THE MOST FRUITFUL AND REWARDING THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR HIM
Helping your child develop his leadership skills can be one of the things you will have a lot to gain for. Once your child feels the importance of your task in making the best out of him, he will radiate the same magnitude of what you’re trying to put into. That’s how leadership should work, with him seeing it first in you.