When we began homeschooling, we just wanted to spend as much time with those little cherub faces as possible, right? We may have felt a calling to homeschool. Whatever the initial reason, we can all agree—we wanted something better.
Not better than public school peers; maybe different is a better word. We wanted our children to make a difference in the world we saw around us.
Without realizing it, we wanted to raise leaders.
What does a leader look like
A leader has a rare quality of a firm character. Isn’t that what we want for our children? There are many examples of leaders in our history, but if you want a real eye-opener, ask your teens to give you an example of a leader.
There are several qualities that make up a leader. Here are five.
5 Qualities of a leader
- Integrity. ““The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.Without it no real success is possible…” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Dedication. “A leader, once convinced that a particular course of action is the right one, must be undaunted when the going gets tough.” – Ronald Reagan
- Humility. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character – give him power.”– Abraham Lincoln
- Action oriented. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more,do more, and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams
- Compassionate. “He that would be a leader must be a bridge.” – Welsh Proverb
How to raise a leader
The easiest way to raise a leader is of course to be one ourselves. But, we don’t have to do it alone. Surrounding our teens with leaders who walk the talk, commending their own efforts at leaderships, and reading the stories of the great leaders in history.
Practical ways to raise a leader
- Expect your young adults to finish things they start.
- Give them opportunities to demonstrate leadership.
- Increase their self-direction as they grow.
Using homeschooling to raise a leader
One of the best things about homeschooling is the ability to combine the practical (like the ways mentioned to raise a leader), and the nuts-and-bolts of homeschooling, the curriculum.
Homeschooling, like all true education, doesn’t occur in isolation of the rest of life. Using the opportunities that your curriculum provides can accomplish much in the way of raising a leader.
- Studying history to understand the importance of leaders. What might the world be like if these men and women hadn’t stepped up when they were needed?
- Undertaking a difficult subject, like Logic & Reasoning, and seeing it through to the end.
- Embrace the written works of great leaders in the field of literature.
Leaders Are Made
Not every person will be the same type of leader, and we all have our own circle of influence. But, as a parent, you can raise a leader, and be a leader—making a difference in our world.
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