How can teachers, educators and parents identify leadership qualities in students and help them thrive academically and emotionally at school? While mental illness is on the rise in schools all around the globe, many kids are feeling emotionally burden and not developing to their fullest potential.
As a Youth Motivational Speaker, I have been talking to students in schools all around the globe, helping them to develop their champion mindset and learn how to overcome barriers, identify their weaknesses and strengthens to grow their self-confidence and self-worth.
“Everything is possible for me. I have the power to create the life I want” – Eric Bailey.
I firmly believe that champions are not born overnight. They are created through a lifelong commitment to self-improvement. Leadership skills can be molded and earned through encouragement, motivation and experience.
How to develop leadership qualities in students
It is important for schools to provide equal opportunities for students to develop leadership qualities, including building relationships, organization, problem-solving skills, promoting critical thinking, effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Studies have shown that people with high school leadership experience are paid up to 33% more than those without it. Also, when given leadership opportunities, students are inclined to “lead by example” and contribute first. Candidates were approximately 50% more likely to contribute first when assigned to leadership positions.
Maintaining a healthy environment in schools, for students and teachers, with open communication is crucial to develop self-esteem and awareness. When students feel confident, worthy and mentally prepared, they can continually evolve and thrive with determination in the years to come.
Note that leaders are not always confident. They also have many obstacles to win in their life. What makes them stand out from the crowd is their ability to overcome their fears, feelings and thoughts that may try to stop them to continue.
Empowering and promoting leadership beliefs in students is the focus of many schools and universities nowadays. It is important to understand that empowering confidence and positive thoughts allow students to trust that they can influence and make a difference.
5 student leadership qualities to prosper at school
Students that believe in themselves and in their ability to win are most likely to do well at school and in life. Developing a positive mindset can empower you with enough motivation to keep going.
Leaders are focused on winning. Define your goal, focus on the steps you need to succeed. Leaders will confidently find a solution for the problem.
According to American psychologist Daniel Goleman, there are five key components to emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Students that can combine all these skills are most likely to be leaders in their life.
Flexibility and adaptability
Students’ ability to adapt to changes and their willingness to adjust to new situations and conditions are essential qualities for students to succeed at school.
Being a leader means not giving up on the first hurdle. The expectations and the number of work students encounter today in schools are enormous. Being able to persevere through all that is a great skill for student leadership.
Through awareness of what it takes to be a successful leader, schools can continue to empower students to become leaders in life.
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