Padawan Picnic: Let’s Grow Leadership in Kids

October 27, 2012 — 7 Comments

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There are surprisingly few tools and discussion forums available on leadership for kids. I continue to get requests through my various social media forums.   I am not an expert, but I see grown-ups showing up with gaps and blind spots that could have been nurtured earlier.  What if we could start talking about leadership sooner in the game?

Welcome to the Padawan Picnic.  For the next several Saturdays, I will host a series for and about developing leadership skills in children.  I will gauge interest through your comments and participation, and we can decide together if this is a topic  for a regular Saturday series.

My intention is to serve as host to spark conversation.  I also welcome guest posts from those of you working on this every day through your parenting, home schooling, and community activities.  Let’s work together to grow leadership in our children.

Some Starting Points

  • Best children’s books to talk about leadership skills (with discussion questions)
  • Guest posts from kids and youth on their leadership journey
  • Guest posts from grown-ups working to develop leadership in kids
  • Collections of best thinking and tools

Please comment and let me know your interest in this…what topics would be most valuable?  Please also contact me if you are interested in a guest post.

If this is not your scene, please join me during the week for our regular grown-up leadership fare.  I would appreciate you passing this along to others who may be interested in reading or sharing.



In case you missed them, here are links to my first 3 guest posts from kids.  I welcome more.  I am happy to work with your child to explore and refine their thinking through email.

Kermit the Frog as Leader:  It’s Not Easy Leading Green (Jared Herr at age 12)

Leadership from a Kid’s Point of View:  Lucky or Skillful (Sebastian Hurt, at age 7)

Postcard from the United Nations Youth Assembly (Ben Evans at age 17)



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7 responses to Padawan Picnic: Let’s Grow Leadership in Kids

  1. Love this idea! Don’t we all wish someone would have poured into us these skills earlier? My favorite “Leadership” book for children : “The Boy Who Changed the World” – Andy Andrews It’s really about significance and service, but isn’t that real leadership?
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Jeremy, thanks so much. i have not heard of that book, but am excited to check it out. We are headed to the library this afternoon.

  3. Great for years I have posted on several topics to build good foundations for kids education to guide and develop little leaders. Books, presentation skills, cognitive thinking and much more.

  4. Karin, I love the title of this post, and the idea behind it! I am not a mother, however, I am always inspired by parents who are very intentional and invest in their children. THANK YOU for doing what you do and for sharing it!

    Erin Schreyer did a 30-day Peaceful Project with her kids this summer that was equally inspiring to read about.

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