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April 09, 2018 Monday 12:49:22 PM IST

Signs of Leadership in Children

Leadership Instincts

Every child is born with certain set of talents and skills. Sometimes it is a bit tricky to find out this subtle signs of the hidden talents. Here are some signs that you can check out for, to understand whether the child has the skill for leadership.

1. High Emotional Intelligence:

When you notice you child being friendly, encouraging, and concerned about other people’s well-being, then this is a positive sign of a leader growing in them. A child who is empathetic and understands how to relate to others emotionally bears a very strong positive trait and a great asset for leadership.

2. Selflessness


When you watch you kids play with their friends, the most instinctive habit that manifests is that they tend to grab and hold on to all the playing tools. Children have this natural selfish instinct of wanting everything for themselves.

To the contrary, if you notice that your child is ever willing to give away something they like if someone else really needs it, then they are already displaying leadership traits.

3. Mature thinking and confidence:

Have you ever noticed that the child is never afraid to join a conversation with a group of grown-ups?Maybe some adults in the lounge were having a discussion and said something which attracted the kid’s attention and without hesitation, he/she shot a question wanting to know more albeit respectfully. This is a strong natural trait of a leader to be. Such kids think beyond their age and exhibit traits and behaviors normally found in grown-ups.


4. Inquisitiveness

It is normal for kids to be given to playing most of the time. However if you notice that your child is mostly given to reading and discovering new things while his/her peers are busy playing, then a leader to be is being bred.

5. Self-sufficient

Children up to a certain age are overly dependent on parents or grown-ups. To the contrary, a leader kid exhibits totally different mannerism. When left alone for some time, they may never throw tantrums or exhibit fear, instead they do play on their own for uninterrupted periods of time.


6. Self-thinkers

Children by nature are expected to flow with the opinions of elders almost unquestioningly. However if you notice you have a kid who can make suggestions on certain things and question the directions given by parents or other elderly people in their environment, then you could be having a great leadership mind in your house.

7. Natural leaders

Have you watched your kid while with others on the playground? Is he/she the one who come up with suggestions of the games to be played and the rest gladly and naturally follow? If your son/daughter opts to trail blaze rather than follow the pack, then you have a leader in them.


8. They Like To Dabble

Does your little one like to try out a variety of activities? Though it might be frustrating when your child is hopping from one thing to the next, it could be a good indicator of leadership.

As a parent, learn to allow your child’s schedule to look like a hodgepodge mess with no real core since that is a good thing. Leadership psychology experts point out that his messy outlook implies your future leader wants to learn about diverse things and not just rely on their strengths.

9. Social butterflies


Great leadership demands strategic relationships. When you notice that the child has a high social competence (the ability to form and maintain positive relationships with others), then you need to know he/she is a potential leader.

10. Risk taking

A great sign that your kid could be a poised for leadership is when you realise he/she has a flair for taking risks with a rational element of him/her learning to weigh the pros and cons. Essentially, that’s how everyone learns. You take a risk and are better prepared for next time.



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