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How to Raise a Leader (page 2)

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Updated on May 15, 2014

Parents can also encourage their teen to write down their five greatest strengths and their five greatest weaknesses, followed by discussion. In addition to exploring strengths and weaknesses, Kuczmarski says the question “Who Am I?” can also be addressed by looking at personal characteristics and needs, and exploring the factors that have shaped values—what are your values' origins (childhood experiences, personal relationships, major life changes, or conflict events) and how have your values changed over time?

Just as any skill set needs disciplined practice to thrive, so do these essential leadership qualities require research into the self, according to Kuczmarski. And the hard work will all be worth it, she says, because these skills extend way beyond high school—they can help your child become a natural leader in her future career. Apples Are Square projects that the 21st century workplace will usurp the traditional “control and compete” mindset, and instead will focus on finding common ground, relinquishing control, and collaboration. “Serving others, helping others, and inspiring others to bring out their core strengths and talents is what the new definition of leadership is all about,” Kuczmarski says.

So, help your child launch their journey of self-discovery. It may just lead to success in the future.

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