We have been seeing the younger generations taking a leading role in today’s social movements, from gender equality to gun control, and many experts say this interest in politics and current affairs will only keep growing. Therefore, it is important that we take the time to teach the leadership skills that our teens need to participate in such movements and lead the way to a brighter future. Being a leader is easier said than done, and these skills are essential for anyone taking that role.
Every successful leader needs to learn at some point that warmth, competence, and empathy are some of the best traits they can have. Teaching our teens to respect others and their opinions will help them become role models, inspiring those around them. Also, teens need to remember that a true leader is some who others look up to, instead of someone who inspires fear and dominance.
There are many different styles one can choose from when it comes to parenting. However, using an authoritative parenting style can have a positive impact on our kids and teens, and help them assume a leadership role both at work and in their own communities. This is the result of exposing children to a clear set of rules and limits yet allowing some rule-breaking, learning to mold their behavior and values based on natural consequences and testing rules.
For many parents, encouraging their kids to participate in some kind of physical activity is one of their priorities, since there are many benefits that come from this kind of activities. When our teens exercise regularly and are part of a sports team, this benefits more than their health. These activities provide our kids with many opportunities to build a sense of community, to interact with others and enhance their social skills, and might even offer their first encounter with assuming a leadership position.
Communication is one of the most important skills an any good leader must learn to develop, and this will make a difference when addressing others. However, good communication goes beyond learning how to speak in public. In turn, we need to model healthy communication skills, which includes actively listening to others, allowing them to express their thoughts and opinions, and validating their feelings, too. This way, our teens will be able to become the voice of their community, being able to relate to others’ stories and sharing their concerns.