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Bright Futures Start with Leadership Skills Like These

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By Guest Writer: Jenna Sherman

At Mid Plains United Way, we understand the significance of helping young people develop the skills they need to succeed. Leadership is an important life skill that youth must acquire in order to mature into capable, confident adults. However, leadership skills don't come naturally to young people. Rather, leadership is a set of skills cultivated through mentorship and learning experiences. As a parent, guardian, or other authority figure in a child's life, it's up to you to impart the leadership skills that youth need to succeed in life. But how? Here are four ways that adults can help children develop the skills they need to create a brighter future.

Start with a Strong Foundation on Leadership

Can you explain what it means to be a leader? Developing a strong understanding of leadership yourself is necessary in order to teach leadership skills to youth. These leadership books are full of important leadership lessons like “Be proactive” and “Enable others to act,” making them a great starting point for anyone seeking to expand their understanding of leadership.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

What does it take to achieve your goals? This book explores the personal habits that lead to success.

The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

True leadership goes beyond the personal. To learn what it takes to influence others and create change, pick up this classic leadership read.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be And Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

This insightful book explores themes of self-esteem and personal growth and is a must-read for parents trying to transform their own lives as well as their children's.

Develop Organizational Skills

Organizational skills are the key to success in work, life, and leadership. Organization helps young people set and achieve goals and make positive change within communities and organizations. These are the essential organizational skills that youth need to develop.

Time management

From being prompt to scheduling ample time for homework, hobbies, and other tasks, time management is an important life skill. Daily routines and family calendars teach time management to kids.