Importance of Organizing Leadership Programs in Middle Schools
Posted by joelpenton on November 17th, 2015
Middle school is a very important phase in a child's life. The child is in a transition phase, which, of course, has its many beautiful moments. However, every once in a while the child also gets to see the harsh side of reality. Growing up is not easy and life is not a bed of roses for every child.
When one simply thinks about the word ‘Leadership’, there are certain words, images, visuals that pop up in their minds. These are in fact representations of certain symbols and associations that have been associated with leadership and projected onto the public consciousness through popular media over the years. Nonetheless, it is essential for children to understand the true meaning of leadership.
The important question is, ‘who is a leader?’ A good answer would be that a leader is a driver of a certain ideal or thought. She or he is someone to whom the masses look up to and aim to follow. One important thing about leadership is that it can be taught – especially to young kids who are mature enough to understand leadership and yet innocent enough to be willing to listen and practice the art of being a leader.
Children are the hopes for the future. It is important that they are nurtured, educated and taught skills that will help them lead fuller lives.
Leadership programs introduce children to newer ideas. The programs help the children right now and in the future to play pivotal roles in building up and developing this great country and the world into a more sustainable and better place to live in. Such programs are also vital because they teach certain important things that every person must know:
Confidence: Children must realize their self-worth and build from it. For this purpose, confidence building is the keystone. Exposing them to instances like taking independent decisions only helps to build their confidence furthermore.
Responsibility: Leadership is not about guiding people across or ordering around. It is about carrying a professional attitude and being mature, and fulfilling one’s responsibilities. This feature is what makes them or breaks a leader.
Communication Skills: Look at those mighty orators who changed the course of history, revolutionized countries and changed the way humans lived. They all had the power of effective communication. If ideas and thoughts are communicated in a well-structured and precise manner, people are bound to listen to the orator. This is a much-needed skill to possess for a leader.
Negotiation Skills: Decision-making is not an easy exercise. It requires dealing with opportunity and transaction costs with caution and prudence. Every small or large action would require one to weigh the pros and cons of various other courses of action. Negotiation skill is an important exercise. It also facilitates in the decision-making process.
Networking Skills: In current times, it is difficult to succeed without being associated with a network of like-minded people. Leaders specifically require a large network so that certain leadership tasks can be performed more efficiently.
Problem-solving Abilities: The acquired skills, training and the motivation to solve problems – these are the main operative intents of a leader. A leader is more than an ideal individual whom people just follow. The position of a leader is that of a solid, stoic figure, of being an achiever and enabler of civilization growth.
Middle school students are at a crucial juncture that could help them develop leadership abilities and make the world a different place. Leadership programs in middle schools assist the young blood in building their capacities and are therefore extremely important.
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