LEADERSHIP. BE THE KIND OF LEADER THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO FOLLOW.

Posted: November 15, 2016

Leadership.  Be the kind of leader that you would want to follow.

Leadership is one of the most important skills you can learn to help you be the best person you can be which helps to make the world a better place for everyone. The great thing is, you have the opportunity to practice leadership every single day. You can practice in school, in martial arts and everywhere in between. 

Good leaders are:

-Good at listening

-Proactive

-Honest

-Generous

-Have good communication skills

-Confident

-In control of their actions 

It is great to have a vision and a dream, but you must set goals in order to achieve that dream and that vision. What separates “wanna-bes” from leaders is that leaders set goals and take the action necessary to achieve their dreams. They make a commitment to make a difference, and they live out that commitment. 

Being positive and proactive, taking initiative, and striving to improve are just a few of the key skills leaders possess. One of the main jobs of a leader is to inspire others to do what is possible.  Volunteering and gaining experience in front of other people can help you become a great leader. Volunteering teaches teamwork, responsibility, and other very important life skills. 

Volunteering in martial arts can include demonstrating in front of your group, like leading a warm up, by volunteering in your classes, you get to experience being in front of your peers and teachers and you can learn how to communicate better while taking on a leadership role. 

How parents can help?

  • - Set a good example. Teach your children  accountability.
  • - Encourage team activities. Identify your children’s interests and encourage them to participate in groups activities. Children learn valuable lessons about teamwork through group challenges.
  • - Emphasize perseverance.  Learning how to handle failure is something some of the best leaders can do. It is important to let your children experience disappointment rather than protect them from it. They will learn to handle loss and move forward. 
  • - Help with decision-making skills. Children should learn how to make decisions early in life.
  • - Practice confident communication skills.
  • - Find a mentor. Mentors can be invaluable when you find someone that is accomplished in the area which your child express interest. 
  • - Teach your children it is important to never quit or give up and to fulfill their commitments in life.

Martial Arts allow children to become leaders by stepping up in classes and taking on that role whether they are leading warm-ups, helping lower belt ranks practice or setting a good example on how to reach goals. 

 


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