My 6yo craves being a leader—Ideas for helping him learn how?
At least since he was 4, my son seems to have this inner drive to lead and direct people. He is 6 now, and his favorite / most requested activity is to act as an art teacher (or workshop director) and have us enact his project ideas. I used to worry that he was just avoiding trying to create things himself because he suspected we could do it better. But he does a lot of independent artwork at school, and I’ve come to accept that to a large extent he actually craves this role of leading and directing. I would love some ideas for how to help him become skilled at leading, so he can build on this inner drive in a healthy way (and not just be someone who tries to boss everyone around)!
These days I give him some “project time” most days where I act as the art student or worker and he is the leader, and I try to coach him toward ways of talking that make me feel good and inspired rather than controlled, criticized, and annoyed. We’re making progress this way (and I end up making some cool stuff!). However, I don’t consider myself much of a leadership expert. What else could we do to help him become a good leader? Are there organized activities that are great for this? Books we could read? Ways of talking about leading at this age? Any ideas would be much appreciated!