When it comes down to it, being a leader is hard work. You have to motivate others, get things done, and stay tough when the going gets rough. So what's the point? Being a leader puts you in a great position to help yourself and to help others. If you need more reasons than that, here they are!
You may have a chance to gain new skills and improve the ones you already have, for example:
- Improved communication skills. Learning how to share ideas and motivate others will help when you head to high school and meet new people.
- More confidence. With every leadership task you complete, your confidence will grow. This will help you to get through difficult times because you'll believe in your ability to move forward.
- Improved decision-making skills. Being able to make tough decisions is an important skill at any age, but the more you practice, the easier it gets.
- Increased resilience. As a leader, you'll learn new and better ways to handle life's challenges.
You can use your leadership experience for practical purposes like:
- Job opportunities. Even at a young age, you may want to get a job babysitting, petsitting or dog walking, or doing something else in the neighborhood. Leadership experience may help you land these jobs, if only because it can give you the confidence to go after them!
- More freedom. Your teachers and parents will appreciate your leadership efforts. When you take the initiative to lead, you demonstrate maturity. Your teachers or parents might reward you with a special role of responsibility at school or more freedom at home!
You will find that good things come from being a leader, such as:
- The positive feelings you'll experience. When you do something to help your school, another military youth, or someone in your larger community, it feels good, right?
- A better community or school. Depending on what you're involved with, you may have helped the environment, a local business, or an entire group of students.
- Compassion for others. As you learn to rise to difficult challenges, you'll better appreciate the efforts and sacrifice of those around you. Think about the hard work and sacrifice it takes to be a parent, a teacher, or a member of the military.
As a member of a military family, you'll face your share of challenges. But polishing your leadership skills will help you learn how to cope with them and give you the confidence to overcome them.
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