Is your child a strong leader? Do you suspect that he or she might grow up to be an effective and proactive leader? Or maybe you aren't sure what to look for. Still others might wonder why bother - does it matter if you discover leadership abilities early? Actually, some sources say it does matter. Observing leadership qualities early means parents, teachers and caregivers can work to develop those talents so they do not fall by the wayside.
If you want to make sure you develop your child's leadership qualities, here are some signs to watch for. Some of them may surprise you!
Does it sometimes drive you crazy that your child talks so much? Actually, being talkative may be a sign of things to come. A chatty nature indicates a child with excellent verbal skills, which are important for good leaders. Did your child talk early and proficiently? This may be a sign that he or she will be a good leader.
If you notice that your child seems to end up in responsible positions - team captain, for instance, or band director - and you know he didn't get that position because of "muscling" his way to the top or bullying others, then this may be a sign of leadership ability. Notice if your child seems to have others "gravitate" toward her and wish to emulate her. Take note as to whether or not this is due to respectful treatment. If it is, you may have a strong leader on your hands.
Some kids exhibit an ability to understand both sides of an issue. They tend to be peace keepers, helping two arguing kids to see reason, for instance.
Does your child always know what's going on? Is he or she always aware of the latest happening at school or in the family? This is not the same as being a gossip (that's not a good leadership quality), but it does mean that he or she is paying attention and interested in what's going on with others.
A good leader is not afraid to ask questions, but he/she is not afraid to go looking for answers on his own, either. Too much questioning may indicate self-doubt - your child is always trying to make sure about things - but healthy questions that spring from a true desire to know more about something may be a sign of leadership ability.