"Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
Vince Lombardi, national hero and erstwhile coach of the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s made this statement negating the age-old adage of leaders are born and not made. Most people often live under the assumption that leadership is a skill that we inherit and if you do not possess the trait, then you are meant to be a follower.
Well, there are few qualities that people are born with, an easy charm, an ability to get people to listen to them, a genuine likability, but more often than not leadership is something that is developed over the years, learned from different experiences.
While you may have nascent leadership skills, if not nurtured, they may remain of no use. Which is why it is important to develop these skills in students. Teaching leadership skills to students is extremely important to give way to a generation that has every ability and capability that it needs in order to rule the world.
How You can Teach Leadership Skills
As a teacher responsible for giving your students the necessary skills for them to be successful in life, it is important that other than different subjects, you also help them acquire some necessary skills, which includes leadership.
It is important that your student understands what makes a good leader and how one should lead. Also having leadership skills can often improve their confidence in oneself.
The different activities that you can get them to participate can mimic real life situations which can help them understand other important aspects like team building and proper planning and also learn what the qualities of a good leader are. There are many different activities that can be used in order to teach students more about skills like leadership.
Also hand out sheets that explain the different roles to the students like listening, planning, dividing work, team management, creative thinking and problem solving. As the teacher, it will be your responsibility to observe the group to see who works well as a leader.
While this may not seem like a great way of imparting leadership skills, it is important for students to understand what the society views as leadership and how this trait works. Explain to the students the different styles of leadership that exist.
From cooperative to democratic, autocratic, bureaucratic and even transformational, it is important that a student understands what forms of leadership exist in the world. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each style. Let them form their own opinions about how styles can be merged together.
In a world where technology is everyone's best friend, what better way can you come up with than to use technology and entertainment to impart leadership skills. As a class, you can sit and watch different movies and serials together where leadership skills have been honed and used.
These are just some of the methods that can be used in order to teach students more about leadership. As a teacher, you need to always emphasize on the fact that without a team, a leader would be lost and it is important to be a good listener and follower to be a good leader.
Teaching leadership skills to students is a task that needs patience and perseverance and also an understanding that the skills that have been imparted will bear fruit several years in the future.