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9 Ways to Build the Leadership Skills of Young People

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Are you looking for ways to help your young leaders step up their game? Outdoor learning is a fantastic way to give them the tools and experiences they need to succeed. Here are 9 tips to help you develop the leadership skills of young people through outdoor education:

1. Encourage teamwork

Working together is an essential part of leadership. Teach your young leaders how to collaborate and communicate effectively with others by providing opportunities for teamwork during outdoor activities.

2. Practice decision-making

Give your young leaders the chance to make decisions for themselves. Encourage them to weigh the pros and cons of different options, and teach them how to make informed choices.

3. Emphasise problem-solving

Outdoor learning provides plenty of opportunities for problem-solving. Encourage your young leaders to think creatively and come up with solutions to challenges they encounter.

4. Foster resilience

Outdoor activities can be tough, but they also build resilience. Encourage your young leaders to push themselves out of their comfort zones and persevere through challenges.

5. Develop self-awareness

Help your young leaders become more self-aware by encouraging them to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Outdoor learning activities can provide a safe space for this type of introspection.

6. Encourage risk-taking

Taking calculated risks is a crucial part of leadership. Outdoor activities offer plenty of opportunities to take risks, and by doing so, young leaders can learn how to handle uncertainty and adapt to changing circumstances.

7. Cultivate empathy

Empathy is a vital trait for leaders. Encourage your young leaders to listen to others and try to understand their perspectives.

8. Provide opportunities for reflection

Encourage your young leaders to reflect on their experiences after outdoor activities. Ask them to consider what they learned and how they might apply those lessons in their lives.

9. Celebrate successes

Celebrating successes is an essential part of leadership development. Take the time to acknowledge and recognise your young leaders' achievements.

Outdoor learning is an excellent way to develop the leadership skills of young people and this will set them up well for the future. By encouraging teamwork, problem-solving, resilience, self-awareness, risk-taking, empathy, reflection, and celebration of success, you can help your young leaders become more effective and confident leaders in their personal and professional lives.


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