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How to Give Your Teens Successful Leadership Skills

Teaching teenagers leadership skills will help them be successful in their careers and relationships. Your children learn how to interact with others by observing your behavior. Take advantage of your influence and model the skills necessary to become a great leader.

Emphasize Warmth and Competence
Teach your teenagers to command respect by being warm and considerate toward others. Good leaders demonstrate warmth and competence, rather than eliciting fear and dominance. Help teens understand that they will have more influence over others when they are trustworthy and well-liked.

Use an Authoritative Parenting Style
Parents with an authoritative parenting style establish clear limits yet still allow their children to test rules and learn through natural consequences. Children who grew up with this kind of parenting and engaged in some modest rule-breaking behaviors are more likely to assume leadership roles at work and in their community, found researchers from the University of Toronto in a study published in the 2009 issue of The Leadership Quarterly.

Encourage Participation in Physical Activities
Exercising regularly and participating in team sports benefits more than just teens' health. Teenagers who are more physically active tend to score higher on leadership skills. Involving teenagers in team sports will provide great opportunities for them to interact and collaborate with others. It will also help them develop healthy self-esteem and habits.

Model Healthy Communication
Every good leader needs to have good communication skills to connect with followers. Modeling effective communication skills is a great way to instill leadership in your teenagers. Teach them to listen to others by allowing them freedom to express their opinions and thoughts. Use language that is clear, firm and respectful at all times. Use healthy communication techniques, such as active listening, in which you paraphrase what the other person has just said to show that you truly understand the message being conveyed and that you validate the other person's feelings.


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