This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 31: Leadership & Followership Skills.
Leadership & Followership Skills
Homeschool high schoolers have the opportunity to become the influencers for the next generation. Many of them will become the “feet on the ground” for the good that needs to happen in the world.
That is why it is good for teens to have experience in learning skills in both leading and following. However, most teens (and adults, actually) do not find these soft skills as skills that come naturally.
Many teens do not see themselves as leaders so don’t think about developing leadership skills. What they do not realize now is that someday they will become thing like:
- supervisors at work
- Sunday school teachers
- lead mechanics
- worship team member
- volunteering at a mission or non-profit organization
- their own kids’ sports coaches
Leadership happens to most people at sometime!
The same is true of followership.
Everyone is a team member, or follower, at some time in life. If homeschool high schoolers do not have the soft skills training to know how to be good team players or followers, they will be at a disadvantage.
So teens need to learn leadership skills and followership skills in order to be successful in the future!
Not only that but colleges love to see leadership skills on transcripts!
When homeschool high schoolers apply to many colleges, the admissions officers will be looking for college-attractive transcripts. One thing that makes a transcript stand out is activities and extracurriculars that promoted leadership and team work. (For more on how to show everything on the transcript, check out our Authoritative Guide on Homeschool Transcripts.)
In order to illustrate ways to develop leadership and followership skills, 7Sister Kym shares her experiences as the leader of a group called, SALTY.
The acronym SALTY stands for Servant And Leadership Team Yo (SUCH a Kym kind of name for a group!) The group serves the homeschool group and the community.
For instance, the group found a passion to serving the homeless in their community. One of their favorite projects was a food raiser activity. They added in a little competition where they counted how many servings each item served instead of just counting items. Their first goal was for five thousand servings and they made it! (Hey, I think there is a story in the bible about five thousand people being served!) What a way to be salty!
Leadership and Followership Skills for homeschool high schoolers
Homeschooling high school is a good time of life to invest in both leadership and teamwork skills. Think about it:
- Every teen needs to develop the ability to lead- it will happen at times even to introverts.
- All teens 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 a discussion of leadership and followership skills for teens (and parents).
We also have posts and podcast episodes on similar topics:
- Leadership Skills for Introverts and Extroverts
- Service and Leadership Teams for Homeschool High Schoolers
- Teaching Compassion Skills in Homeschool High Schoolers
- Developing Soft Skills: Creating a Welcoming Culture for Homeschool High Schoolers
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