Sindhu Joseph, Principal of Dawn International School, Ambalamedu, Ernakulam, shares her views on imparting leadership qualities to children from a young age through various interesting activities

Bring out the leader in you

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    • Publish Date: Dec 4 2018 2:02PM
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    • Updated Date: Dec 4 2018 2:02PM
Bring out the leader in you

An essential quality of leadership is considering other's opinions and strategically taking apt decisions for the team's benefit. Leadership depends on listening well, understanding all sides of the issue, reacting quickly as well as diplomatically and thinking strategically. A leader should be able to envision the entire situation and see it for what it is and what it could be. Leaders have to essentially view all options before them. The leader has to use his or her decision-making abilities as well as diplomacy to support what is best for the team.Leaders should be able to predict the possible effects of a decision made. It isn't only about taking the right decisions, but rather making the right choice when things may turn favourable or unfavourable.   Overall, the leader should be able to communicate effectively, manage their own emotional response, consider others’ opinions and make smart decisions.Sensing what people need and when they need it is a key leadership quality. Successful leaders are able to read people. They mentally note people's reactions and remember certain situations, and they are able to connect the dots along the way. they perceive difference between what people say and what they do. They are observant as they note school politics, identify potential threats and adjust accordingly so that their actions are not damaging. 

  Trusting your instinct is another quality, knowing when to obey your gut feeling.

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another, according to John C Maxwell.

While some kids are good leaders by nature, other students need to be encouraged, role modelled, and nurtured to develop leadership skills. By being a leader, a child will develop qualities such as honesty, belief in oneself, dedication towards the task, being a good listener and positive attitude. Teachers, caregivers, parents and other family members can encourage the development of these qualities in early life.Building Leadership in Kids: Teacher's RoleLet us consider a school environment. Teachers can give children opportunities to serve in leadership roles. They can teach the skills necessary for children to take on leadership roles. Technology can be used to guide children. Leadership activities can help kids to check the positive as well as negative aspects of their behaviour, identify areas where they lack courage and work on it, boost self-confidence, express themselves promptly and develop organizational skills.Certain ways to develop leadership skills in children include helping them learn to see different viewpoints in a situation which will help manage multiple opinions in a group setting, teaching them to set goals and try to do their best at everything, helping them maintain a positive attitude even when others make things difficult for them or tell them they can't achieve something. Children should be made to understand that mistakes will always happen and are a natural part of life and not to let the mistakes beat them down.




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