Creating Future Leaders at Elementary Level in School

What is Leadership

Some are born leaders while others discover their leadership qualities somewhere along the way. Anybody can be a good leader, but a great leader is one who is respected and admired by the led.
Good leadership is about setting a personal example with your actions for others to emulate. A good leader always leads from the front. A good leader is also one who owns up to failures and readily shares success with followers.

Who is an ideal leader? One who is single minded in his or her approach and considers winning at any cost is fair game or the other who considers winning is not an end in itself, and the path chosen and the smaller victories won along the way are important too?

‘It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.’ - Nelson Mandela

5-ways Elementary School Can Help Create Future Leaders

Catch Them Young: Leadership qualities manifest themselves at a young age. Recognising the quality is very important. Often the trait is mistaken for arrogance and a way to attract attention to self. Often, ready acceptance of a claim to leadership by peers is a reliable endorsement.

Announce to the World :  Having spotted the precocious talent in the child, tell the world about it by creating the right opportunities and a suitable forum to showcase those abilities. Give them suitable responsibilites to go with the powers. But also make them understand that ‘with power, comes great responsibility.’

Teach Them how to Lose : Make the youngsters realize that even though winning is a great habit, learning to face defeat is more important. Leadership is also about the ability to learn from one’s defeats. A leader should have the ability to lift the morale of the team in the face of adversity, and learn to develop a quick response mechanism to deal with the situation.

Be Ethical: Adopting a win-at-any-cost attitude is often counter-productive. Teach the child to respect the vanquished adversary. Learning to win ethically allows one to assume a higher moral ground and others to look up to the leader.

Learning is a Continuous Process : Expose the young leaders to criticism and praise in equal measure. They should learn to take the bad with the good, the rough with the smooth and the bitter with the sweet. And that attitude, differentiates the great leader from merely a good one.