Being A Leader; A Kid’s Perspective

Recently I posed the question to some students in grade 6 on what exactly makes a leader.  Their answers were posted on a teacher blog and I would love to share some of them with you:

I think anyone can be a leader because all you have to do is guide younger or older people to the right path.

To me being a leader is where you help other people and sometimes other peoples problems but it depends on what they are and how they happened.  Anyone could be a leader like a four year old girl or even a forty year old man. There is no age limit on where you can be a leader and then where you can’t be a leader so that means anyone can be a leader. I have been a leader this year by helping with recycling and by being a student supervisor.  I just hope other students show leadership too.

To me a leader means being responsible, trustworthy, respectful and who treats every one fairly. I have shown leadership by treating every one fairly and with respect.

Being a leader means to help without being asked. Volunteering for student supervisor, recycling and other things. Also helping little kids when they’re hurt or they’re lost. Anyone could be a leader as long as they’re willing to help. I have shown leadership by helping little kids when they got hurt and volunteering for student supervisor!

To be a leader is to set good examples for everyone. Anyone can be aleader by setting good examples for others or helping people with out being asked. I’ve shown leadership by helping people with out being asked and setting good examples for others.

I think anyone can be a leader because all you have to do is guide younger or older people to the right path.

I think that for me, leadership is an honor. I think anyone can be a leader because as long as you are patient and understanding, people look up to you. I have shown leadership by not swearing, helping kids when their hurt, being friendly toward the little kids.

To be a leader you need to be kind and patient. I have done leadership a lot. I have done supervisors when someone does not want to do it.   I have also helped with problems on the playground and when little kids are hurt.I believe that anyone can be a leader because a normal person can become a hero.(like spider-man haha). I hope everyone understands that every little one is watching you and learning.

Being a leader means that you try your hardest to help others and participate in helping your community. Anyone can be a leader if they are committed to it and work towards a better future, or even just participate in organizing an event. I have shown leadership at Forest Green by cleaning up the stream on Earth Day.

To me leadership means to help younger kids and older kids and set a good example for every one I think leadership is when someone treats someone better then they would treat themselves. That is just what I think leadership is.

Being a leader means to help people that need help and to stand up for everyone in a tough situation bust most importantly being a leader means being a good role model. Anybody can be a leader as long as they have a good attitude about helping people and not slacking off when people need help or when you are teaching them something.

As you can see, these grade 6 students believe that ANYONE can be a leader and do not mention anything about positions of authority.  They talk more about qualities that are possessed.  I am so proud of what they have said here because we have focused on the fact that all people can be leaders; these students obviously are.

14 thoughts on “Being A Leader; A Kid’s Perspective

  1. Kelly Alford

    They have had you as their leader for a year! They couldn't have a better role model. I think this is a reflection of you and the love you have for your students and the passion you have to help people! I love how your staff gives their students opportunities like this! What a wonderful atmosphere for students and staff!!!

  2. Celia

    Just starting following you on Twitter and am inspired by your posts and ideas (Identity day etc etc) . Great comments from the students. I love that 'even 40 year olds' can be leaders !!

    Some good insights into their thinking – they have obviously had some good role models.

    Thanks for sharing

  3. Aviva (@grade1)

    I completely agree with Kelly here! You and your staff have taught the students that everyone can be leaders, and this is reflected in both what they say and do. George, over the last number of months, you have definitely helped me re-evaluate my definition of "leadership," and I thank you for that. The quotes from your students help me re-think "leadership" even more. Thanks to all of them too!

    This is definitely another wonderful, inspiring blog post!


  4. Joan Young

    I love hearing what kids have to say; they are so honest and reflective. Kudos to you for giving them opportunities to lead and share their thoughts!

  5. Pam Thompson

    These are extremely well articulated comments from grade 6 students and are surely a testament to the approach to leadership you have at your school. What they all have in common is that you don't have to be an academic, or an intellectual, or a brilliant sports player to be able to lead, but you have to show certain qualities that we can all work on.

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