Some people are natural born leaders while others work hard to excel in a leadership role. Most people, avoid leadership positions and prefer to let someone else take charge. Leadership means taking control and responsibility for the end result and that is not always easy. It requires self-confidence, determination, and the ability to try again when things don’t go as planned. The good news is that you are developing these skills in martial arts class! Martial arts helps you put on that leadership hat to have the opportunity to control the destiny of your goals the power to make a difference in the world around you.
If you want to become a good leader, it helps to start with an honest personal evaluation of your current skills. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) on your self-confidence, determination and your perseverance.
No matter what your score, martial arts will improve your leadership skills that you already have. You don’t have to be a black belt to excel in a leadership role.
To improve your martial arts rank, you need to practice, right? The same is true for improving your leadership skills. To do this, seek out projects. Find things that you can take charge of daily. These tasks will vary based on your age, but should be reflective of your leadership skills. Imagine a person is having a challenge with math class. A beginning leader may ask an older sibling or parent for help. An intermediate leader may seek out a professional tutor. An expert leader may hire a professional tutor to run a small study group that meets every Thursday for any kids having a math challenge and split the costs.
In all three situations, the person’s math grade will most likely improve. Taking action is the key component of taking a leadership role. It takes confidence and determination to ask for help. It is important to note the differences in leadership. The intermediate leader improves their chances for a better grade by seeking out a professional tutor. The expert leader sets out to improve their grades but also endeavors to improve other grades, too. That’s that essence of leadership. Leadership gives you the power to make a difference in the world around you!