Three Methods to Raising a Leader!

Raising your child to be a leader is be a daunting task! Know that shaping a leader, one that adds to the world and that leads with empathy, can be done. But what methods do you use to get there..with no rules or regulations, not even a certificate to ensure you know what you’re doing! The reality is, raising a leader is the hardest thing you will ever do. The world shoves methods on how to raise your child at you through all channels. Honestly, the world knows nothing about your child and what methods work for your family.

So, how do you choose? The easy answer: start in your own home, pushing your child to be their best self, molding them to become tomorrow’s entrepreneur or the next big CEO. But, you may find yourself questioning if you’re pushing hard enough, or pushing too hard. How can you tell when there is no real gage? That is to say, every moment is a teaching moment. Remember raising a leader is no small task. For instance, take your time, learn what really resonates with you and your child. Here are three methods that we can use when raising our leaders.

Are you raising a leader in the home? Three methods that parents should think about when raising a leader in today's world
Raising A Leader

“Everyone Gets a Trophy” Method:

Nowadays, everyone gets a trophy, no matter what the team did. We are teaching children that just pure effort is the attribute that the world looks for. It’s NOT! The world is harsh and there is competition on all sides and in every aspect of life, know that your child is competing. Competing for all the things that they want in life. There are hurdles they will have to jump, and just jumping won’t be enough. Furthermore, a pat on the back in the home won’t push them to be a leader either, it may even cripple them in dealing with adversity that WILL COME. They will have to look inside themselves and pull out their competitive edge, the grit that gets them to their goals if you want to raise a leader.

But, I am not saying that trophies should not be passed out. The children should be coached for the betterment as a whole person (both in the home and at school). Furthermore, small trophies help when raising a leader! Consequently, whether the team wins or loses, you want them to know they are still a leader. So, one thing you want them to be is empathetic, to those around them. Leaders simply lead by example and reach out to those that may need some additional help. Trophy or not.

“Do What I Say” Method:

Moreover, in being a mompreneur myself, I sometimes feel like I have all the answers in being an effective leader and reaching goals. In turn, I feel like somethings will just transfer to my kids right? Wrong! I learned (the hard way) that osmosis is not a way to raise a leader. They will watch what you do in life and make choices on if they want to implement what you do. Ultimately you have to teach them why you do what you do if you want to raise a good leader. Simply telling them “because I said so” may not work. Subsequently, the method did not work in my home. My girls (I have 5 daughters) LOVE to question the answers I give them. In turn, they don’t take things at face value. I have to go through why and how I want them to do things for it to soak in.

“Let Them Choose The Way” Method:

On the other hand, if you believe that leadership is not taught but a trait that one is born, with you could let your child choose his/her path to leadership. Above all, letting them choose what they do and don’t do. One struggle that we encountered with our oldest daughter is sports. She does not “like” sports…. but on the other hand, she had never really played. My husband and I both feel that sports help teach children about working on a team, building relationships as well as working through adversity. We decided that against her wishes that we would put her in a sport. She initially complained but ultimately loved it. If we had let her choose, she would have never had the experience. In my opinion, this method is very tricky to ensure you’re raising a leader, or if they are just fearful to try new things.

Are you raising a leader in the home? Three methods that parents should think about when raising a leader in today's world.

More Helpful Hints for Raising a Leader

Overall, we just want to be great parents and we want our children to add value to the world around them. Raising a leader is what I like to believe all parents strive to do. To clarify, the method you use simply depends on you and your child; as no two people are the same, no two people lead the same. Make sure that you are talking to your child about pushing past his or her own limits and really reaching their goals. Try to listen to their input so that they know that you’re not the only leader in the house. Lastly, take their input on the decisions made for their lives; honestly, they are the only ones that have to live them. IN TURN USE ALL THE METHODS!!! Please let us know any methods that you are using? Any good books, or struggles that you have faced like mine?

Here are a two books that I found helpful:

Dr. Myles Munroe, here you can find links to books regarding leadership in PDF to download for FREE!! Parenting Your Child Leader, great read!


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