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Obtaining leadership skills can be crucial to an individual’s personal, social, and professional development. Though such attributes are often learned as one grows older, absorbing such acumen at a younger age might set such persons up for earlier success. Those interested in teaching youths leadership skills might choose to practice the following suggestions:

Encourage Participation
Leaders are often people who express the desire to become involved with a variety of activities. Parents or loved ones interested in fostering their children’s future leadership abilities are urged to encourage their participation in a wide range of activities such as sports, community efforts, and religious groups. The knowledge and skills youths can gain performing these activities could provide them with invaluable skills later on in life.

Set Solid Examples
Young people typically learn the most from those to whom they are closest. Parents who set good examples, such as following their own advice, working hard, and treating others with respect, often inspire their children to follow their example. The same can be true for teachers, coaches, and other adults that a child looks to as a role model. 

Stress The Importance Of Perseverance
Some of the most successful people in the world experienced a string of failures before their ultimate success. These success stories understood the value of perseverance. While it might be easy to quit and move on to other endeavors when things do not proceed according to plan, leaders are individuals who have faith in themselves and encourage others to strive to reach their goals.

Teach The Art Of Negotiation
People do not always get everything they desire at all times. This lesson might be among the most significant young people will ever learn. Good leaders are those who understand the value of compromise and negotiation. Many leaders bear responsibility for the well-being of numerous individuals. It is important to stress to youths that a leader’s job is to ensure everyone benefits from their decisions. Leaders with superior negotiating skills should seek to put the needs of the many over the wants of a few.

Foster Communication Skills
Effective leaders are those that possess superior communication skills. Good communicators do not merely dictate directives well but also the ability to listen and encourage others to convey their feelings and viewpoints effectively. Leaders need to be able to listen to viewpoints that differ from their own and consider both sides of an issue before drawing any conclusions.

Dr. Edward S. Thalheimer is the President and Founder of The Tutoring Franchise Corp. If you would like further information about how to help children who need educational assistance,  please go to