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I am a leader

I AM A LEADERChildren have the potential to develop leadership skills. As adults, we can teach the skills necessary for children to take on leadership roles now and in the future. Involving children in leadership activities can help children:

  • Boost their self-esteem
  • Improve public speaking and communication skills later in life
  • Teach them to identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Help them develop organizational skills
  • Teach them to work with others

There are many tools that can be used to promote the above. When simplified, these can be very effective in the long run. Tools such as cultivating positive habits in children will eventually bring out leadership qualities. Through these habits, children learn to:

  • Take charge of themselves and their actions. Carers can help the children learn how to make good choices and not blame others. They learn to be responsible and also to use polite words.
  • Be planners. Routines promote a sense of order and also helps children to be organized. This also helps promote responsibility.
  • Put first things first. Learning to do the important things first then play or relax will reinforce orderly behavior.
  • Win-win attitude. The children can learn about healthy compromise.
  • Listen before you talk– This is a great way of learning patience, tolerance, refining observation skills and being kind and helpful.
  • Team work. Group activities can help children learn how to work together with others. Everyone is important as each one has their place. Those who are more confident can help the ones who are less confident.
  • Having a balance. Taking time to rest after tasks will promote re energizing. Also encourage the children to have hobbies which will help them be refreshed. Encourage them to think positive and good thoughts through fun activities.

There are plenty of activities that promote these seven habits. Repetition is key as children need a lot of positive encouragement in order for them to grasp concepts. In doing this, we shall be on the right track in bringing up children who can confidently say, ‘I am a leader!’


 

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