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How to cultivate leadership qualities in children


Posted Date: 01-Aug-2011  Last Updated:   Category: Parenting Articles    
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Few children are born leaders, but that does not mean rest of children can’t learn have leadership qualities. Leadership qualities have a great impact on a child’s personality and hence you may need to imbibe these qualities in your child. This article helps parents to learn more about how to cultivate leadership qualities in children.



How to cultivate leadership qualities in children


Inculcating leadership qualities in children is the most important requirement of today's world. Here leadership does not mean commanding other children and forcing them to do something which others don't wish to do. But leadership means to try their best to reach towards the goal by heading a group or a path and trying to make use of all the available resources to make it happen instead of just craving for more. Few children are Born Leaders and their parents are definitely lucky to have that in-built quality in their children. But this does not work with every child and hence for parents whose children don't have leadership qualities need to imbibe such in them right when they are children to help them achieve their goal in future. So before we get on to how to cultivate leadership qualities in children first of all lets learn what exactly it means when we say leadership and what are the leadership qualities that we need to imbibe in children before learning how.

What is Leadership


When we say leadership we speak about a certain quality or ability in children to get others to willingly follow him and thus helping him or her to achieve the goal in life. When we term a child as a leader, we assume that the child works and walks on a path with clear vision and is sure about how to reach and achieve his goal in life. Such a leader knows his goal and works towards achieving the same.

Qualities of a good leader


When we say we should imbibe certain leadership qualities in children we should know exactly which leadership qualities we need to. Here's a list of all the leadership qualities which you need to cultivate in your kids:

1. The ability to believe in oneself.

2. The ability of being honest.

3. The ability of being in control of his own emotions

4. The quality of being dedicated towards his task.

5. The quality of being able to give credit to others for their time and efforts.

6. The quality or the ability to listen to others.

7. The quality to judge others opinions and then taking the correct decision of his own.

8. The quality of being fair and just with others.

9. The ability of having a positive attitude.

10. The quality of being assertive and using humor as one of his qualities to achieve his task and lowering down the stress levels.


Once you know what qualities of leadership you need to imbibe or cultivate in your child then it gets easy for you to work on your child.

Why do a child need to cultivate leadership qualities


Parents are always worried about their child's future in terms of how and what would happen to your child. This fear is mostly seen in parents with children who are timid or shy. In such cases parents really worry a lot about how their children can survive in this world without any leadership qualities. Hence to help them survive and make their own place in this competitive world and to help them achieve their goal, parents need to help the child cultivate leadership qualities. One more advantage of cultivating leadership qualities in children is that, children get more self confident and they are able to express themselves more in front of others.

Help children learn about the leadership qualities


Children have to learn more about the leadership qualities which helps them to cultivate better. Once they understand its importance of their life and future they too actively participate to fit themselves within the society in positive manner.

Teach the child to take the initiative


The child should be encouraged to participate and come forward to take initiative in certain activities where he has to work with certain group of people. The child should be able to exhibit his qualities which will develop self confidence within the child and encourage him to participate more. Help the children to develop their own way into arenas where they can project themselves far better than anywhere else.

Try to develop your child's curiosity level


Children are very curious right from their childhood and they have lots of questions which keep coming to their mind. In such cases, parents should help the children with answers other than sending them away and not replying to them. This way a child's curiosity stays to confuse him more. Parents can help their children to learn more about what they wish to know about. If in case parents have no answers for particular queries then they should admit so to their children and try to find answers with the help of their children altogether.

Parents should work hard to develop the leadership qualities in children


When a child wishes to start something and leave it half way without completing it, parents should encourage the child to finish the task by sticking to it till it gets completed. If a child starts getting over confident about some task he just finished help him understand that there are much more to come in his life and he should prepare himself for the same. Parents need to walk with their children in every step of their life and help them to enhance their leadership qualities.

Help the child to take up the responsibility


Teach your child to act responsibly right from his childhood. If your child commits a mistake then ask him to take up the blame for the same and not to put it on others. Teach your child be honest to himself as well as to you. A child should be taught to come forward and admit his mistake and also to stand for himself if he hasn't committed one.
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