Leadership Skills for Homeschool High Schoolers

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Leadership Skills For Teens.

Leadership Skills for Homeschool High Schoolers

Leadership Skills for Homeschool High Schoolers

Do you know what one of the most critical skills is that your teen can possess? Leadership skills for high schoolers. Everyone has the potential to be a leader in some way, whether it’s within their family, community, or church. Even small acts of leadership can make a big impact. 

The Importance of Values

One important aspect of identifying areas of leadership development is having a clear set of values to guide your decisions. We came up with a mnemonic called the GOOF at our homeschool umbrella school. It stands for:

  • Respecting God
  • Respecting Others
  • Respecting Ourselves
  • Respecting the Facility

We made it fun and memorable by creating a silly orientation video that explained the GOOF to our students. It became their guiding principles, and we saw them using it in their interactions with each other. It’s all about carrying oneself with respect and kindness.

Teaching these values can provide a strong foundation for teens to make decisions and navigate various situations with integrity and respect.

Leadership for Introverts

You might think that extroverts have a natural advantage when it comes to leadership because they are outgoing and love being around people. But here’s the thing: introverts can also develop strong leadership skills. 

When it comes to developing leaders, we knew that we could not just focus on extroverts. We wanted to empower introverts as well. That is why we taught them to understand themselves better, to know when to be quiet and listen, and when to take action. 

Extroverts often have natural people skills but still need guidance on effective leadership. On the other hand, introverts can build confidence through leadership training, enabling them to fulfill their potential. It is all about finding a balance and allowing everyone to participate fully.

Understanding oneself is crucial in developing leadership abilities. And building confidence and finding their own unique way to make a difference is a skill that will carry them through their whole life.

Fostering Welcoming Skills

One of the key soft skills we taught our students is how to be welcoming. We cannoy emphasize enough the importance of teaching high schoolers how to be welcoming and inclusive. 

One way we did this was to  encouraged them at our umbrella school was  to look out for those who might be on the outskirts or sitting alone at a table. Our teens learned to reach out to them. A simple smile or a friendly conversation can make a world of difference. 

We even loaded lunchroom tables with shared activities like board games and puzzles to break the ice and create connections. 

When they create connections and make others feel valued, teens develop important leadership qualities such as empathy, communication, and teamwork.

The Power of Service Projects

Service projects were another important aspect of our leadership training. Engaging in service projects is an excellent way to develop leadership skills and build confidence in high schoolers. Not only do they help build confidence, but they also teach the value of giving back. 

We have seen our students grow and develop through these projects, and it id amazing to witness the impact they can make in their communities.

Through volunteer work, teens learn the value of giving back, develop problem-solving skills, and gain a sense of accomplishment.

Nurturing Leadership in Passionate Pursuits

As our teens have grown into adults, we have seen the lasting effects of their leadership training. They continue to apply those values and skills in their everyday lives. Whether it is through their jobs, volunteer work, or personal pursuits, they are making a difference and inspiring others.

Leadership is not limited to a select few. Every teen has the potential to be a leader in their own way. By instilling values, providing opportunities for growth, and encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones, we can help them become the leaders they were meant to be.

So, if you are working with your teen and not seeing immediate signs of leadership, do not worry. Keep an eye out for their passions and interests. Look for opportunities where they can shine and make a positive impact. And do not forget to have conversations with them about leadership experiences, both big and small.

Leadership Skills for Teens

Building areas of leadership development in high schoolers is crucial for their personal growth and future success. There is not one right way to do it. Leadership is not limited to a select few but is a skill that can be cultivated in every student. 

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!


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