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What makes a good leader?

Leadership looks different with every situation, but in most cases, it involves the ability to face challenges, strategize, and find solutions. It encompasses many other desirable traits, which is why employers in the job industry look for candidates who will also make good leaders. At Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch, we help empower youths by offering leadership skills for kids in our Leadership Program. This program is a fantastic leadership opportunity for children to get involved in, so they can learn practical skills.

The skills they learn will build confidence and enable your child to make good decisions wherever they go in life, whatever path they choose. We believe that all children have the potential to become leaders, but it’s important to start learning the traits of a leader at a young age.

The following are a few skills you can expect your child to learn from our program and will shape them into the leaders of tomorrow.

Problem Solving Skills

A very important skill is the ability to think strategically and solve problems.  Like adults, children may shy away from leadership roles because they find various aspects of them overwhelming, such as problem-solving. It’s important for children to learn at an early age that problems are a natural part of life and that it’s up to them to find the best solution. We highly recommend that parents give their children responsibilities at a young age, as this forces them to make small decisions and deal with the consequences, whether good or bad. Start small, then provide more opportunities with time.

Communication Skills

Communication is a valuable part of being a leader. This is one of the most significant ways people share their ideas and views.  With the right communication techniques, your child should be able to influence others to accept their approach by explaining its benefits in a manner that is not aggressive.

Communication is not a one-way street: it is also important for children to listen. In fact, listening to other people’s ideas should come before communicating. This will help leaders gain trust and respect from their peers.


Our six-week program emphasizes the importance of collaborating and teamwork for children. When individuals are unable to work in a team, it impedes their ability to become leaders. Our program shows the importance of working together and how it is easier to overcome challenges in a group instead of individually. Our program includes the following training, all within a team setting:

  • Ranch care
  • Horse training
  • Archery training
  • Emergency protocols

The goal is to help children develop practical skills that will benefit them throughout life, such as:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Project Management
  • Attention to detail
  • Working as a team
  • Public Speaking
  • Mentorship
  • Building Projects
  • Event Planning
  • Serving Others


As a leader, it is important to come up with a plan, whether individually or in a group. It is easy for your child to feel overwhelmed by various tasks in his or her life, such as finishing a project. This can prevent them from getting it done properly or on time. As a result, it’s important for children to learn useful strategies to plan out large tasks so they don’t feel overwhelmed or discouraged. In many situations, this involves breaking up one large task into smaller sub-tasks to effectively get the job done.

Final Thoughts

Once your child has completed our program, they may feel more comfortable assuming leadership roles. They may agree to take attendance in school or be the line leader at a church function. One leadership responsibility will snowball into another and then another. They will take these attributes with them into adulthood and apply it to professional, personal, and social situations.

Contact Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch

We are a faith-based organization that began in 2015 with the goal of helping children and families going through rough times find security and peace. Empowering Youth Leadership Program teaches practical and soft skills to 6th-12th graders. These skills will serve as building blocks for future leadership roles.

The program offers two sessions beginning in May and running through mid-August, with each session being six weeks. If you would like to learn more about how we build leadership skills for kids, we encourage you to visit the ranch, contact us or call 303-588-7780.

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