My belief is that we are all born to be leaders. Some people are born to be leaders of great big companies, some are born to be leaders of important civil movements, some are born to be leaders for environmental protection, and so.
Because there are a variety of opportunities for leadership, it is impossible to list the ‘top 5’ leadership qualities, however, many professionals will agree the qualities listed below are important for any leader to possess.
Here are 5 qualities teens can practice to enhance their leadership ability during their teen years and to strengthen the skill as they approach adulthood.
1. Proactive: A leader must take action and taking action is a habit. It is good to encourage teens to take action on matters that are important to them. It is also good to teach them that their actions can and do make a difference in the world.
2. Positive thinker: A positive attitude is extremely important. This too is a habit and optimists are always more fun to follow than pessimists. Take a look at the type of attitude at home and see how your teen is affected by it. Turn your home into a positive environment so you can promote a positive attitude to your teen.
3. Have a vision: Part of being a leader means having a vision. The vision is a place where the leader wants to go and to lead those that share his dream. Encourage your teen to be a part of the community and be involved with current issues. This will lead to inspiration for a vision and this vision will guide your teen’s purpose and actions.
4. Motivate others to see the big picture: To be a leader, one must be able to motivate those around him/her to see the vision that s/he sees. The better the person’s ability to communicate ideas to a team, the better his/her vision will sound to them. Create opportunities for your teen to learn how to thoroughly describe the big picture in his/her mind.
5. Team worker: A successful leader arrives at the finish line together with his/her team and gives credit to all team members. This increases the team’s respect for their leader. Encourage your teen to share credit and other things with siblings, friends, and acquaintances when appropriate. After all, it is always more fun to celebrate success with a group of people than it is to celebrate alone.
Ivana Pejakovic, Life Coach in Toronto