Updated: Jul 26
Daydreaming is worth its weight in gold. It is what we call, ‘vision building.’ Most of the time, teens get stuck in dreaming mode but don’t have the tools to actualize their dreams, or think they are unattainable.
In becoming a leader, teens are able to see the ‘big picture.’ How can they take charge of what they truly want? Remember, examples of leadership are all around us and they don’t always have to be epic or monumental. The leadership attributes we are working with are:
These attributes can be observed and embodied with time and practice. Teens will acquire the language and tools to recognize these attributes and set examples of how they can showcase these for themselves. The ‘big picture’ is to see how they will serve them in the near future as to standing out from the crowd and ways they take on leadership opportunities, volunteer opportunities, get out of their comfort zone, and have the language to reflect on what they are doing and how that demonstrates leadership.
I like to use the example of a report or article. If a magazine were to write an article about how you achieved your goals, and wanted to showcase your leadership skills, what would they say? What would you like them to highlight? This is when our values and leadership attributes learned will come together, building resilience. Having the ability to think about our vision, who is in our support network, and how we celebrate our success, and that of others, will help teens see what we call their ‘future self’ or their ‘higher self.’