6 Tips for Turning Children into Leaders of Tomorrow

The birth of a child is a great blessing for the parents and unconditional love is part of the package of course, but there’s more to parenting than just love. Good parents want to groom their children into becoming future leaders of the world, but it’s easier said than done. To make things a little less confusing, here are six tips that should show you the way to turn your child into an independent individual, naturally capable of leadership.

Lead by Example

Young children have little to no understanding of the world and almost everything they do is copied behavior from someone else. Therefore, it is very, very important that the parents lead by example, especially during the early formative years. While there are several guidelines to doing this, a very simple rule to follow here is this; act, behave and talk in the same manner that you would want your child to, as a grown up later in life. What and how you do things in front of them as children will play a big role in their future development. You will be able to teach them about responsibility and respect by simply reflecting the same characteristics through your behavior. For example, always keep your promises and try to refrain from outweighing the opinion of one parent immediately in front of the children.

Proper Pre-Schooling

Proper schooling is of course, all-important later in life, but pre-school is even more important in shaping the core character of a child. Send your child to a pre-school that follows the Montessori Method. The training will use the early formative years (which lasts up until 6) to teach your child about the basics of becoming an independent, respectful, communicative, persevered and liberated individual; all of which are necessary qualities for becoming a leader later in life.

Encourage Perseverance

We often hear the term “don’t quit” being used everywhere and successful people use it all the time to describe their own attitude towards everything, as well as while advising others. However, the truth is that perseverance is something that is either natural, or taught at a very early age. Even before your children are ready to attend school, teach them to persevere through small things, but do not give up on that even when they are in high-school. Teach them it’s not okay to give up right after failing at something. Every leader in the world sees their failures as learning experiences, so your children must think in the same way. The sooner they learn to persevere, the more determined they will be about achieving things in their lives later on. Once a young child is able to see that there’s success waiting on the other side of multiple failures, he/she will grow in confidence.

Nurture their Decision-Making Skills

No indecisive person ever turns into a good leader, therefore, the parents need to make their children self-reliant as soon as possible, when it comes to decision making. This isn’t the same as letting your child do whatever he/she wants, but more about letting them choose between the options you select for them. Of course, as they grow older, your approach will become less and less hands-on, letting them make their decisions almost entirely on their own. However, it is also important to monitor those decisions that they are taking to make sure they are not terribly wrong ones! Also, when something goes wrong because of their decision, let them take at least some responsibility for it. For example, when they make a mess, make it mandatory for them to clean things up on their own. Help when they really need it, but try to let them take care of their own affairs, as much as possible.

Turn Them into Problem Solvers

All leaders are problem solvers and that’s precisely how they became leaders in the first place. Leaders identify and solve problems, so must your child right from an early age. To instill problem solving skills in them, try the following methods.

  • Get them to play both real and virtual puzzle games
  • Integrate puzzle and problem solving in your daily lives
  • Solve puzzles together a family
  • Start creative projects with your son/daughter
  • Ask for help from your children in solving real life family problems, even when you have a solution
  • Teach them to find alternate solutions to a solved problem

Encourage them to become Physically Fit

Exercising, hiking, camping, playing sports, etc. are all essential activities that should not be ignored in favour of books all the time. The old saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is absolutely spot on. Physical activity is directly related to cognitive development in children and young adults.

Much of what we just discussed is actually part of the Montessori method by default, so finding the right pre-school is probably the most important step here. Nevertheless, no school or academy is enough to guide a young child towards success, unless the parents at home do their part too, and for that, the six points we discussed today should prove to be invaluable.

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