Have you ever been excited by the idea of leading a group or being in charge? This comprehensive guide reveals a whole host of careers you can pursue with leadership skills you can start building today.
We have all known kids who say they want to grow up to be President of the United States, but what about becoming an educational leader or the CEO of a company? There are myriad ways kids today can grow up to become the leaders of tomorrow. But the only way to get there is to start becoming a leader today.
Covering everything from well-known professions like CEO, school superintendent, and government officials, to the not-so-well-known professions like becoming an entertainment leader or spiritual advisor, So, You Want to Be a Leader? uncovers a treasure trove of opportunities for kids to assert themselves now to ensure a successful future.
In addition to tips and interviews from professionals in the industry, So, You Want to Be a Leader? includes inspiring stories from kids who are already leaders in their own communities, activities, a glossary, and resources to help kids on their way to a successful and fulfilling career.
Patricia Wooster is a published author and fact-checker. She has written several nonfiction children’s books and was nominated for Science Books & Film Best Children’s Books of 2011. She lives in Tampa with her husband, Scot, and two boys, Max and Jack.
This motivational guidebook, part of the Be What You Want series, focuses on leadership roles in areas including law enforcement, government, nonprofit work, environmental protection, and education. Wooster explores ways readers can hone their leadership skills, starting within their schools and neighborhoods, while encouraging them to think long-term (“Have a game plan on how you’re going to develop the skills you need to succeed in your career interest”). When possible, she includes resources for those who want to start making career strides—for example, a list of youth programs in law enforcement, including the CIA’s internship program and the National Student Leadership Conference. And q&as with young entrepreneurs, filmmakers, and activists reinforce the book’s can-do, grassroots philosophy, while words of advice from adults emphasize the importance of bringing motivation, empathy, and inspiration into positions of leadership. Ages 8–12.