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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Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts.

Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts. Homeschool Highschool Podcast shares tips for training all teens in basic leadership skills for the little and large times where they will have to lead. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #LeadershipForIntrovertsAndExtroverts #LeadershipSkills

Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym are together again for a rousing talk about leadership. Everyone becomes a leader somewhere in life! Whether teens are introverts or extroverts somewhere in life:

Leadership is for everyone: extroverts and introverts. Charismatic people and quiet people. Everyone is a leader sometime!

Natural born leaders are charismatic. They walk into a room and just take over. However, most people are not natural born leaders. The problem is that lots of times in life, teens cannot sit back and wait for a leader to walk in and do the leading. Many times, there is not a natural born leader present.

How can we develop leadership skills for introverts and extroverts?

  • Understand that each kind of leader is truly unique and that is wonderful!
    • Understand that you do not need to be an extrovert to be a leader.
    • Understand that you do not need to be an extrovert to be a leader.
    • Understand that you do not need to be an extrovert to be a leader. Catch that? 🙂

Give teens the tools to lead in little and large ways. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #LeadershipSkillsForTeens

In a group setting, answer the question: What is the purpose of this group?

    • Is it a relational or ongoing group?

      • This requires more dedicated work, of course, from introverts and extroverts.
    • Introverts and extroverts remember your non-verbal communication: Shoulder back, chin up, smile
    • Introverts: Acknowledge someone else is in the room, look at a new person briefly as they enter the room and smile
      • When you get a chance, notice something you have in common with the person, make a quick comment
  • Extroverts, look over the whole room, enjoy it but then find one new person and say something personal to them
    • Extroverts often will automatically draw a crowd, so when you notice a person who is new and bring the crowd to them
  • Parents can start out groups by acknowledging the purpose of the group and the expectations of the culture there
    • Extroverts often have a lot to say, so learn self-awareness and the purposes of the group. Remind yourself of the power you have to create good. Remind yourself, the group is not about them. It’s about the purpose of the group.
    • Extroverts can ask a question out loud to the group that relates to the group:
      • Who’s ready for their book report presentation?
      • Who else stayed up too late finishing their book report?
    • Introverts can ask those same questions to the person next to them. Either way, this is leadership.
    • In class discussion, everyone needs to take leadership momentarily:
      • Quiet people need to give themselves permission to speak up
        • Have I contributed lately? If not, what can I give to this group today?
      • Extroverts need to create a pause and make space
        • When is the last time I created my own silence so others can speak.
      • Sabrina and Kym use poker chips in their group classes.
        • They give three poker chips to each student. The chips stand for a class contribution. Each person needs to say something in class discussion for each chip. They need to use all three chips (but only three chips).
    • Teachers:
      • Remind students regularly about the purpose of your group, the culture they are creating and expectations.
      • Watch students, the quieter teens have non-verbals to let you know they have something to say. As a teacher, you can pause and say to that student, “Go ahead”.
        It is okay to make mistakes.
      • Teach students piggybacking:
        • Yeah, I thought the same thing. Or that’s interesting you said that because when I read it, I felt just the opposite.
      • Rabbit trailing:
        • Allow it for a moment, then “can we go back to the topic we started with”
    • Wrapping up or ending a gathering
      • This is difficult for extroverts sometimes.
      • If a teen is a named leader they can say:
        • Okay, we have come to the end of our meeting. Let’s head outside and finish any discussions later.
        • Use alarms on phone to give a heads up that wrap up is coming, then another alarm to say time is up. Then say, “My phone is saying time’s up!”
      • Remind members of Go Do’s. It is another way to wrap up the meeting
  • Is it a one-off situation?

    • Introverts can sit back and relax, then go home!
    • You do not have to talk to everyone in the room, but extroverts will love chatting with strangers.
      • Introverts might need to have a book and read, if long enough, comment on the other’s book. This gives an introvert connection, so if the other needs something there is already connection.

Have conversations with your teens about leadership in their various settings. They will enjoy their experiences more when they feel empowered to be leaders in any situation. Then be sure to give them encouragement for honest trying.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for this rollicking episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast. You will also enjoy these episodes on leadership.

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Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts

HSHSP Ep 31: Leadership and Followership Skills

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HSHSP Ep 31: Leadership and Followership SkillsHSHSP Ep 31: Leadership and Followership Skills

Every teen needs to develop the ability to lead- it will happen at times even to introverts.

Every teen needs to develop the ability to follow- that happens at times even to extroverts!

Being ready for both isn’t that difficult! The skills are similar for being both leadership and followership.

What skills do your teens need in order to be ready for both?

Join Kym and Vicki for ideas!

 

 

 

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