Leadership

Throughout history humans have excelled when working in groups - and every group needs a leader. The ability to motivate, align and enable a group a people to perform optimally is what makes a leader stand-out, and this can be nurtured already at a young age.
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I admire

Which leader do you admire and why?

Identify leadership qualities
Hard
Guidance
Pick a famous leader that your child knows and have them highlight 3 traits that make them a good leader.
Prompts if stuck
1) What is their pesonality like?

Guidance

Pick a famous leader that your child knows, or can research quickly, and have them highlight 3 traits that make them a good leader. Examples: from Football (Jorgen Klopp, Liverpool manager), Business (Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO), School (their favourite teacher?) etc

Prompts if stuck

1) Most leaders can speak really clearly. How important is that?

2) What leader comes to mind and what is their personality like?

3) What is their philosophy on life?

I admire

Which leader do you admire and why?

Identify leadership qualities
Hard

Guidance

Pick a famous leader that your child knows, or can research quickly, and have them highlight 3 traits that make them a good leader. Examples: from Football (Jorgen Klopp, Liverpool manager), Business (Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO), School (their favourite teacher?) etc

Prompts if stuck

1) Most leaders can speak really clearly. How important is that?

2) What leader comes to mind and what is their personality like?

3) What is their philosophy on life?

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Win-Win

What do we mean by a "win - win" outcome?

Teach basics of negotiating
Medium
Guidance
Win-win is a good outcome for all
Prompts if stuck
1) What is your win? (eg playing with friend)

Guidance

A good Negotiation tool. Say your child wants to go to their friend's house to play. How should they convince you to let them go? What is the win-win outcome? Encourage your child to always find the wins for every person involved in the discussion.

Prompts if stuck

1) Say you wanted to go to your friend's house to play. What would you say to me?

2) What is my win from you going? (eg having some time to myself?)

3) If I still say say no because I don't want to pick you up late at night, what would you say? (eg will sleep over)

Win-Win

What do we mean by a "win - win" outcome?

Teach basics of negotiating
Medium

Guidance

A good Negotiation tool. Say your child wants to go to their friend's house to play. How should they convince you to let them go? What is the win-win outcome? Encourage your child to always find the wins for every person involved in the discussion.

Prompts if stuck

1) Say you wanted to go to your friend's house to play. What would you say to me?

2) What is my win from you going? (eg having some time to myself?)

3) If I still say say no because I don't want to pick you up late at night, what would you say? (eg will sleep over)

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2 ears, 1 mouth

Why do we have 2 ears and 1 mouth?

Highlight importance of listening
Easy
Guidance
If we have 2 ears and 1 mouth, we should be listening twice as much as when we are talking!
Prompts if stuck
1) How many ears do you have? How many mouths?

Guidance

If we have 2 ears and 1 mouth, we should be listening twice as much as when we are talking! Most of us listen just so we know when we can talk - but real listening means paying close attention to what someone is saying, and following up with questions on what they are saying. Leaders need to understand what their teams want, and you can't do that if you don't listen carefully enough.

Prompts if stuck

1) We listen with ears and talk with mouths. What do you think this means?

2) What would your friends think if you talked all the time?

3) Why does listening allow you to help or motivate people?

2 ears, 1 mouth

Why do we have 2 ears and 1 mouth?

Highlight importance of listening
Easy

Guidance

If we have 2 ears and 1 mouth, we should be listening twice as much as when we are talking! Most of us listen just so we know when we can talk - but real listening means paying close attention to what someone is saying, and following up with questions on what they are saying. Leaders need to understand what their teams want, and you can't do that if you don't listen carefully enough.

Prompts if stuck

1) We listen with ears and talk with mouths. What do you think this means?

2) What would your friends think if you talked all the time?

3) Why does listening allow you to help or motivate people?

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