Five Steps To Develop Leadership Qualities In Children
We run a program for children9-14 years called Young Leader The questions we’re often asked is “How do we develop these leadership qualities?”
Step 1 Internal Resources Make the child aware of own strengths, qualities and abilitiesEg: List qualities of Sachin Tendulkar (or any other favorite hero).Now see which of these qualities you also have exhibited in the past –count even small incidents.
Step 2 Prepare Stimulate the child to experiment with these strengths and abilitiesEg: Talk about what we are going to do (say a game) and how youplay the role of Sachin tendulkar in helping the group to achieve thegoal by using the strengths. Children use a tool to mark whichqualities they will consciously use.
Step 3 Set up challenge Put them in Situations which are exciting yet stretch them beyond normal.Eg: Play a game of reaching the goal from a stating lineup. However,the challenge is that different children legs are tied to each otherrandomly – making it tricky to move together. The tying down connotesvarious and different constrains that each one of us has in life..
Step 4 Strategize Give children windows in between to re-strategize, and consciously use a certain leadership qualityEg: If children are blaming each other for a falling down– ask them tostop and discuss how they can help each other reach common goal.Children revisit tools to see which quality they used and which theywill like to use now onwards.
Step 5 Reflect Reflect, recollect and discuss what leader qualities were exhibited and what they have learnedDiscuss questions like what worked, what did not, what else can we do, what qualities we used, what we learned from each other, from the whole activity and so on – draw, discuss, make models of how we did, act out and so on