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Cultivating leadership skills in children

Updated on August 30, 2011

Name one parent who does not wish their child to be a born leader. A child with leadership qualities is what each and every parent dream of. But then it’s not possible for every parent to have a child who is a born leader.However a parent should not stay upset with this fact. How about taking it as a challenge of helping your child inculcate these leadership qualities which don’t exist in him presently? Do you really think it’s that difficult, if yes then think over! Would you wish that your child stay behind in this cat and dog race that currently exist in this competitive world. As one says, there are limited opportunities and if you don’t grab them then you are done here. So the quality and art of grabbing these opportunities is one of the skills a leader can adapt. And hence as a parent take the challenge of inculcating leadership qualities within your child and help him grow with commanding skills and utmost confidence.

Leadership skills in children

A leadership skill in children is the quality where a child has the knack or potential to get his fellow mates to follow him and help him achieve the set goals in life. Such children with leadership qualities are always sure about what they want and what they wish to achieve along with how they would do so.

Who is a born leader?

A Born leader is one who has all the desired leadership qualities inculcated in him naturally. Such child has the potential to handle and convince people his way and thus can always lead the way. But then it is undoubtedly a debatable argument, whether “any such born leader do exist?”.One more argument which is considered debatable is “whether leaders are born or they are made?” I would surely like to debate and go with the fact that “there is nothing like the term a born leader and yes, leaders are made”.

Any child could be a leader

Yes, that’s a fact that any child who child could be a leader and may not need to follow others. Every child whose parents claim to be a born leader, doe have his own flaws or fears and thus may not do justice to the term. However one may not ignore the fact that any child who wishes to be the leader or is inculcated with leadership qualities at the right time by his parents has the opportunity to act and serve as a leader. If a parent imbibes leadership quality in a child at the right time then no one can stop this child from achieving his desired goals.

Essential leadership skills in children

Here's a list of few essential leadership skills in children:

1. To believe in oneself

2. Honesty

3. Listening skills

4. Dedication

5. Good judgmental skills

6. Control over emotions

7. Decision making skills

8. Confidence

9. Positive attitude

10. Blend of humor and assertion

Cultivating leadership skills in children

Teach your child to be responsible. A child needs to have the ability of taking up the responsibility for his own deeds, and then only he will be able to lead others.

A leader needs to gain respect and trust from others, which helps him to command his team mates. Thus gaining respect by the deeds and action is very important for a leader.

Even a leader needs to improve and brush his skills as per the time and need. If a parent wishes to inculcate leadership skills in a child then always help him to learn proper interaction and also brush his listening skills.

Encouraging a child to participate in various activities is really important. Engage your child to work in groups where he may need to lead and exhibit his talent as a leader. Encourage your child to participate in group projects other than individual projects.

Enhance your child’s curiosity. Always try to do justice by providing them with valuable answers whenever a child asks you a question. Don’t rub them off by just saying “I don’t know” or “Stop asking so much”. Instead if you have no answers for their questions then admit the same and get along with them to find the answers with help of reference books or online information.

Enroll your child for confidence building classes or activities. Nowadays even schools commence such workshops and engage your children in the same. Let your child learn various confidence boosting tactics and help them with preparation.

Allow your child to participate in school functions and speeches. Let your child participate in debates and elocution competitions which will help them in building confidence.


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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      21 months ago from India

      Thanks Annie... Glad to know you liked it.

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      Annie Tyres 

      4 years ago

      Great Post..! If we start cultivating our leadership skills, moving up will be much easier. We should realize how many times you provide guidance at work, it would be easy to realize you are a leader no matter what your current position.

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      Theresa Ventu 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I agree, leadership skills can be taught to a child. One of the qualities of a good leader is a good follower as well. Good hub Fellow Mumbaite!

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks again Slaffery for finding my hub useful..Its really motivating!

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      7 years ago from Kansas, USA

      Again another great hub. You have very useful information. Vote up and useful

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks HennieN for visiting and appreciating the article.

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      7 years ago from South Africa

      Great hub. Welcome to the HB community. Looking forward to read more of your hubs.

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      Fellow Mumbaite 

      7 years ago from India

      Thanks thebookmom.

      Happy to know you loved the article.

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      7 years ago from Nebraska

      Love the list of traits and your thoughts about responsibility and creativity. Well written and really useful. Great job!


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