My Big Book of Leadership Stories
When we think about our children as the leaders of tomorrow, we must ask ourselves – what if anything we are doing deliberately to teach them about how to be effective leaders. Children learn important things like how to walk, read, write and communicate when they are young, they should also learn leadership and personal effectiveness early, because these skills are very important. It makes not only a difference to their success in the future, but it helps them to be more effective even in their school work, now.
My Big Book of Leadership Stories written by Ukot Umezinne and Omagbitse Barrow is a collection of five different stories, set in four African countries that teaches children valuable lessons in life and leadership based on the Be Better Model which focuses on five behaviours – Self Awareness; Focus and Discipline; Learning; Interpersonal Skills; and Resilience. The book has been adopted by the Educational Authorities in the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria as a recommended text for pupils. It is primarily targeted at children between 7 and 12 years old, and comes with the accompanying Toolkit – “Conversations with my Child”.
The stories can be read with your children, at home and in school, and then you can have an engaging conversation with the child using the Conversations with my Child Kit. Reading this book and having these conversations will get your children to develop the skills for leadership and success as early as possible, and apply these skills to their school work and to other aspects of life as they grow up.
The specific skills that children will learn from this book include:
- How to be confident and self-assured in their relationships with others; taking feedback, and being open to positive change;
- How to apply discipline and focus, prioritize their time, and realize that there is a time for everything
- How to develop themselves continuously, read and learn from everywhere including the internet and Television
- How to relate with others, work collaboratively and treat everyone with respect; and
- How to remain humble when they achieve success, and also to fail forward when they are faced with failures or setbacks.