The youth of today is the future of tomorrow. This simple sentence means that any adult of tomorrow, in any capacity, will be made out of the children you have in front of you today. Criminals and judges, teachers and doctors, all grow up from children. As a result, it is important to treat the children in front of you as more than simply children. They need to be treated and viewed as future adults, because if you believe them to be capable of your full attention and respect, they will feel the same.
Of course some children have these qualities built in them with or without the development of their parents. These children have innate habits and preferences which show their developed independence and free will from a very young age. It is these children that grow up to be the future leaders of tomorrow and surprisingly enough can be quiet easy to spot if the right amount of attention is paid to them.
Studies have shown that children can be taught independence and the free will of choices from a very early age, starting from as early as 6 months. These children or toddlers not only have a strong sense of choice and preference, but they also know exactly how to get what they want. Some parents see this as disobedience or pickiness but in reality these children just have a strong sense of will and decision. These children also manage to keep themselves amused without the need for external help, whether it is from parents or other equipment and objects such as toys. This again shows a strong sense of independence and in the future, this is a trait that sticks with these children.
As children grow up the situations that they are put in, and how they react to them also reflects strongly on their inclination as future leaders. These situations can be developed by parents or teachers, or they can arise naturally. Some traits that are common to most future leaders are identified as a sharp sense of observation and a keen sense of curiosity. Another key feature of interest can be how the individual works on tasks assigned to him, either as an individual or as a part of a group. Children with leadership tendencies often want to take control of a task, even if it is meant to be a group task. They either take initiative, or they give directions, or they simply follow instructions with such innovation that they naturally become a leader, by acquiring a certain followership.
Children can have many innate abilities that point towards their tendencies and abilities to become leaders, but these abilities can often become muddled by bad habits, or a lack of development. Therefore, parents and teachers should do their best to inculcate in all individuals the habits that are found in good, strong leaders, so that they may either be developed into such, or they may be given the qualities that can help become such, even if they are not born with the natural tendency to be so.