How Does My Child from Alpha Generation Become A Global Leader

The topic of leadership is a common one among us HR practitioners for ages. We’ve got so many books on this topic, and so many gurus out there. While the debate on whether leaders are made or born is still inconclusive, there are a couple of things that we all can agree on. First of all, not all of us are leaders, and there is a difference between a leader and a manager. Under the current education system around the world I think it can be agreed that we are not educating or grooming our children to be leaders. We are teaching them to simply be employees or managers. When you look at globally successful people that are relateable like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg none of them even went to unversity. Now I am not encouraging by any means for your child not to consider higher education. But I am simply making a point that why didn’t these individuals pursue a higher education? I think it is because school at the time was not offering them something that they needed to continue to fuel their intellectual energy and the only way for all these people to succeed in their own right was to break away from traditional learning. Now look at where all these successful people are. But the key ingredient that all of them share is “leadership” and started with all of them at a young age. At we offer courses to teach your children to become global leaders.

Just a few thoughts below.

Leadership and children

Leadership instills confidence, and helps children solve problems creatively, work in a team, and work collaboratively with others.

Why leadership?

Leadership skills allow children to have control of their lives and the ability to make things happen. Leadership instills confidence, and helps children solve problems creatively, work in a team, and work collaboratively with others. Leadership gives children many opportunities to develop responsibility.

While you may not find the word leadership in the early learning standards, many schools have statements related to leadership in their standards in the social-emotional section. Key phrases that relate to leadership are “self-confidence”, “problem solving”, “pro-social,” and “makes independent decisions and choices. I challenge you if you google any educational instuttion they will use those buzz words to engage parents to feel comfortable and validated that their child will develop all these skills sets. But are they really putting our kids to the challenge? Think about it? If your answer is No you are correct!

Are leaders born or made?

There is some debate whether some children are “born leaders” or they “learn to be” leaders. All children have the potential to develop leadership skills. Leadership development can be a lifelong process. As adults, we can teach the skills necessary for children to take on leadership roles now and in the future. Here are some ways that you can help children develop leadership skills:

· Model leadership behavior to children. Children learn from seeing what others do. Tell the child what you are doing and why you are doing it. When my 10 year old son started his own business with his friend. The thing that both boys said to my friend and I as mom’s is that we inspired them to become strng leaders and make executive decisions because they saw both of us in our own professions in action. Our kids became the product of the environement that they grew up in. So when both our kids decided to become business partners they already had the foundation of becoming global leaders. Not to brag but our kids have had meetings with bank executives, government Ministesr from around the world, media interviews and corporate heads. For most children their age 10 and 11 years old it would be intimading to strike a business deal. But for our two kids it was nothing.

· Teach children how to see things from another’s point of view. Good communication is a key component to being an effective leader. Teach children how to listen carefully and how to respond to others in a calm and respectful way. This is a very key tool to succeed in life. You must always be transparent on what your are thinking and feeling whether it is with family, friends or business associates. My son and his business partner have seen both mom’s in action on how we have managed team meetings, lead meetings not just at work. But how we communicate with people in respecting and acknowledging other people again whether it is in the family, friends or profession. This piece is very important if you want to help foster and continue to build relationships that are long term.

· Help children build self-confidence. Give children opportunities to do a good job and offer praise when appropriate. You might say, “I am so proud of you that you volunteered to be the leader of the ‘toy clean up’ team in your classroom. It is a big job to make sure all your classmates are doing their part.” Everytime my son and his business partner get off a Zoom call we always talk about how the meeting went. As mom’s we will always praise our children for taking those hard calls with adults which has clearly built their confidence as they go through one meeting to another.

· Find ways to create problem solving situations. Children can learn how to solve their own problems. Allow children to start making small decisions such as which activity they want to participate in and then give them more opportunities to make decisions as they learn the concepts of responsibility and consequences of making a decision. One thing I admire about my sonhis business partner is they have been able to handle meetings with grown ups from around their world and they don’t even turn to us for help. As mom’s we have given both our children the tools to raise strong independent children who are confident to make their own decisions and #figure it out if they hit a wall. This contributes to the piece of learning to be a good problem solver.

· Give children the opportunity to take leadership roles in the classroom. Create leadership situations in the form of classroom jobs.Children can lead by becoming the classroom “greeter”, “paper/supply manager”, “line leader,” or “attendance taker”. Teachers should inform children of the responsibilities of each classroom job and guide them as they take on that leadership role. Children should have the opportunity to try various leadership jobs within the classroom. But why not take this step further outside of the classroom and share with your child a real life situation at work and how would they handle the situation. We must remember that this alpha generation is a different breed because they are part of the glass generation. Meaning the moment they came out of the mom’s womb they had an Ipad ready and avaliable to use on hand,. It certainly was not the baby rattle.

· Teach children how to work with others in a team situation. Group projects or sports activities are ways for children to work on a team. It is important to foster that team collaboration spirit. At www.hbupodschool we offer classes that teach leadership, MBA In A Box and other classes that are relevant that will give your child the strong skills they need to be in this globally competitve world.

· Assist children to develop a plan or strategy to address a problem or situation. Children, as well as adults, shy away from leadership tasks because they feel overwhelmed. Show children how to break tasks into workable ways to get the job done. At we offer management challenge, social justice challenges and technology challnges that assist children in developing a plan or strategy to address a problem or situation. These kids are working with children from all over the world.

· Encourage children to pursue things that interest them. They may develop a passion for it and feel comfortable and later take on a leadership role. As parents it is important to allow your child to decide what they want to pursue. I see so many parents making their kids take hockey, soceer, piano, painting and I am not saying that those are not lovely skills for them to learn. But why not step back and allow your child to use their voice and decide what they want to do. First off you are respecting your childs voice, but also allowing them to take ownership and leadership to decide what would work for them.

· Encourage parents to look for leadership opportunities for children. Leadership opportunities can be in your child care program or another program at a school, church, community or club. Children can also take a leadership role in a family event.

· Encourage communication and action. Leadership involves speaking up or taking action. You can encourage children’s leadership abilities by suggesting projects or identifying problems that may be important to them and helping them to come up with suggestions for actions and possible solutions.

Teaching children how to be a leader at a young age will help children deal with peer pressure in the teenage years. Being a leader is not an exact science, but teaching children the skills needed to be leaders are important to help prepare the next generation to take the lead and become responsible adults. We encourage you to sign up your child at to learn and global network with kids from around the world. Our school is an outside of the box thinking school just like some of the leaders I mentioned earlier. Please feel free to send us an email at We can’t wait to meet your child.

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