Leadership Skills to Empower Your Kids | Empowering Children's Leadership

Many children grow up feeling pretty powerless. They think that they have no control over their own lives nor an ability to make a difference for someone else. It is important to the future of the planet that we alter that, and provide children a sense of their own power in a gently guided manner.

If you are an influencing force (teacher, grandparent, or some form of child protection case worker) for children you know that not all children have the good fortune to have parents who are capable of providing them what they need. You also know that, at times, you are required to fill the gap and offer the missing levels of basic support for the child.

The Practice does not always have to be in the real world and can be pretend exercises to help them learn empathy. Practicing "what if "scenarios, in a protected environment, give students the means to make better choices in real life.

If you are a business leader and you want your staff to dress professionally, set the example by arriving in a suit every day. If you are a teacher and you want your students to turn in their homework on time, then you set the stage by returning their corrected assignments in a timely manner. If you are a parent and you want your children to make their beds, then make your own bed in the morning.

Faced with a daunting list of tasks including the ending of a war, tangled foreign policies, fragile international relations, mounting health care concerns, and a weakening economy on the verge of collapse, President Obama expressed early on the importance of not only hiring, but empowering the right people (i.e., most qualified).

The first is a leader by title. If you go into any kindergarten classroom in this country, teachers choose "leaders" every day. In order to be a "leader," one does not have to have any special skill or knowledge or credentials. They need only be the first one who got in line that day

The second type of "leader" puts some real and true effort into "leading" a team of followers. He or she is often good at "getting others to do things" and "making sure others are on task." "Great leadership" has less to do with looking over the shoulders of people and more to do with empowering others to look over their own shoulders.