How to Teach Leadership

Two Methods:Leading in Work/Educational SettingsLeading in Social Situations

Leadership is an acquired trait, and it often takes many years of practice in many different settings to truly become a great leader. Once you have mastered this skill, you can teach others how to be a leader and show them how to leverage their leadership skills to get teams motivated and tasks done.

Method 1
Leading in Work/Educational Settings

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    Teach your students to express themselves. At work and in school, pressure or anxiety may lower a person's confidence, which will often keep them from sharing their opinions and ideas. As a leader, sharing ideas and feedback is crucial. If you let others take over the setting or you, you aren't the leader in the situation.
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    Get them to work as a team. Leadership is being able to be a leader in groups. You have to handle issues by working with people. To be a leader in a group, you need to pitch ideas and be able to get the team through rough spots. Teach your students to be the one to call who is always available and willing to help.
    • Use group projects and seminars to encourage students to be able to work together. Team settings can be a challenge, but you can't have a leader without a team.
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    Teach the value of being aware of what's happening around them. As a leader, you should know as much as possible about your group and what's happening within it, even the most confidential information available by/to the other members. Make sure they don't force yourself themselves into knowing and don't push or threaten the rest of the team, but encourage them to be aware of their surroundings and the team dynamics.

Method 2
Leading in Social Situations

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    Teach your students to handle themselves before they handle the situation. Freaking out is a sign of weakness, showing that you cannot handle the pressure of being involved in an accusation. Practice techniques with them, like breathing and thinking before they begin.
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    Focus on problem solving. If they're going to be leaders, they can't drop issues and walk away. Guide them in practicing social problem solving through role play and examples. A leader needs to tell the person assertively how they feel without being completely and straight-out rude. It shows that they can be in control of what's happening, and take the other person's valid impressions and feelings into account, too.
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    Encourage experimentation with reverse psychology. Teach your students, that, if somebody is (per say) refusing to speak with them for any reason whatsoever, they can be silent as well. This can turn the tables on the situation and result in more compromise and communication.

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