Some people are born with the natural instinct of being a leader and the rest of us have to work a hard to learn and unlock the skills required for leadership. In terms of what we teach the young adults in the country, leadership is not something that we particularly focus on when in reality we really should. I was speaking about this just last week with the team at NYLF who work with young men and women to educate them on the qualities that are required to be great leaders. To understand why this is so important, we need to look at the kind of skills which they will learn.
Communication is absolutely essential in leadership and any great leader must be able to speak and give instructions with absolute clarity, and they must also be able to listen well and take on information. These skills are of course not exclusive to leadership which is why we must make sure that our young adults have these communication skills. Communication abilities will help in all walks of life.
Leaders must take ownership and responsibility and if we are teaching our teenagers and young adults a skill like this, we can help them to be responsible both in their working life and their private life. Unfortunately this is something which, in the main, young people are not good at and through proper education we can help to change that and ensure that the young men and women in this country are able to take hold of responsibility.
Leaders are of course the heads of their team but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to have skills in terms of putting teams together, and within that they must understand what makes a great team. Throughout our private and working lives we will be working as part of a team and we must understand what our roles are, and how we can best deliver them. If we can switch the focus to teaching our youngsters about the team dynamic, we can not only help to make more leaders, but we can help to inspire better team players who understand the impact that a team working in unison can make.
Decision making is a key part of leadership but it is also a great skill that can extend to many other aspects of life. It is not always about making the right decision and many leaders will tell you that they do not always make the correct decision, nonetheless we must encourage our young adults to take responsibility and make a decision based on facts, potential risks and a wider view of what the impact of the decision will be. If we can help the youth in this regard we can make sure that they become confident and assertive adults.
If we teach more young people these skills we can help to encourage and inspire them to be truly great. To ready more on topics like this, check out the community category.