Have you ever wondered what sort of leader your youngster will grow up to be? While it might seem like leaders are born with their natural talents, the reality is there are many ways moms and dads can influence kids that will shape their leadership potential. Read on for some tools that can help you make all the difference in your child’s development.

Delve Deeper

We’ve all heard that parents should model the type of behavior they want to see in their children. With that in mind, why not start with some digging into your own leadership development? The following titles offer insights into becoming the best possible leader you can be.

● Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Brown’s writing offers transparent and relatable information parents can apply to their own personal leadership journey.

● Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam

Setting boundaries and making more time for yourself can mean better productivity. Vanderkam tells you how to make that happen.

● The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Covey provides brilliant insights into how to set goals and achieve them.

Everyday Tips

Learning about leadership gets you on the right track for modeling the right behavior, but there is much more involved with shaping young leaders. Apply these concepts from PBS:

● Risk-taking encourages self-confidence, creative thinking, and improved coping skills, so help your child become an independent thinker through risk-taking.

● Kids who spend time interacting with other children without screens involved have better communication and social skills, which are must-haves for positive leadership.

● It takes time to develop leadership skills. Think in terms of long-term projects and ongoing challenges your kids can engage in.

● Meaningful activities, such as participating in school plays and volunteerism, help kids connect with their community and put their skills into practice.

Community Connections

Volunteering is one of the best ways to develop young leaders, but moms and dads aren’t always sure where to find appropriate opportunities for their children. Parents Magazine recommends checking into these websites to find a good fit:

● VolunteerMatch lets you search for volunteer opportunities by where you live, by interest, or by specific organization.

● Similar to VolunteerMatch, SERVEnet allows you to search for opportunities based on the particulars of how you want to connect — by location, skills, interests, or the population that you hope to help.

● Mentoring others, working in museums, or engaging with youth groups are just some of the options available through America’s Promise.

● Network for Good provides information on volunteer and advocacy opportunities. There is also a special section on “crisis relief” where you can find current causes.

● Check out local opportunities via The Christian Mission; you might offer grocery store pick ups or assist as a pantry associate.

Are you ready to raise an amazing leader? Helping a child to grow in this area can feel like an overwhelming prospect, but these resources will help you incorporate leadership development into your parenting seamlessly.

Jenna Sherman