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How to Help Your Children Grow as Leaders

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Leadership development is not just for grown-ups. If you’ve been with me for a while you know how passionate I am about this. Most of us take a deliberate approach to developing other skills in our kids early on: we teach them to swim, to ride a bike, to read, and read music, as early as we can. Leadership development should be no different. The earlier we can ingrain these skills, the more natural they will feel.

I was recently interviewed for this awesome article by Mryna Beth Haskell: Are You Raising a Leader? She does a great job of pulling together several nice perspectives. I’ve included an excerpt here, and hope you will read on.

Are You Raising a Leader?

Some children seem to effortlessly fall into the role of leader, no matter what the environment. However, there are those children who are late bloomers. These are the ones who blend in early on, but blossom with maturity and become presidents of their high school class or captains of a varsity team.

What does this tell us about the development of leadership qualities in our youth? Why do some young people take charge of school projects and playground activities with ease, while others are happy to take the proverbial back seat? Are leaders born or nurtured?


NURTURE OR NATURE?

“Talent for leadership is a combination of nurture and nature. Leadership requires the building of a strong central core,” says Gail Gross, Ph.D., Ed.D., a nationally recognized family and child development expert, author, and educator.

Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, LLC (letsgrowleaders.com), adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and prominent keynote speaker, explains, “Important leadership skills can be nurtured in all children. Of course, some personalities will be more drawn to leadership roles, but the truth is that every one of us will face situations in our lives where strong leadership skills are necessary to accomplish something we believe in.”

If nurture is a substantial influence, how can parents encourage their children to embrace those qualities that successful leaders possess? Continue reading 

Also, if you’re new here, and interested in the subject, you may also like to take a look at Alli Polin’s and my FREE eBook, A Parent’s Guide to Leadership.

Filed Under:   Developing Leadership In Children
 
 
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers, AMA's 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, & Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America. She’s the author of 2 books: Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss.
 

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Alli Polin   |   08 January 2016   |   Reply

Great interview, Karin. Shared through my network. A passion for growing the next generation of leaders is one we share!

~ Alli

LaRae Quy   |   08 January 2016   |   Reply

That a great topic, Karin!

As parents and teachers, we need to be raising kids who know how to think for themselves and are willing to work hard to get where they want to be in life without expecting it to be handed over to them.

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