The author of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, said that leadership is “. . . the art of persuading people to work toward a common goal”.
So, IS there a way to teach this art of persuasion to your teen?
You bet. You must
provide your son or daughter with opportunities to practice being the leader.
Having a regular family meeting is a perfect place to begin because it’s a great way to solve problems, or plan a family adventure.
In addition to the family meeting leader making sure agenda items are covered, and that all family members get a turn to speak, the leader can suggest special activities for a possible upcoming vacation.
If you are a family of 4, an idea is for each of you to “lead” one day during family vacation. Like deciding the major activity for the day, and what restaurant to go to, or what menu to prepare and who will cook what.
Most importantly, your son or daughter will learn how it feels — and what it takes — to be in that leadership role. And he or she will learn how to follow, as leadership shifts to others.
We’d love to hear what creative things you’ve done in your home to provide opportunities for your child to practice leading. Please tell us all about it below.