“The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ recent survey of 650 employers found that leadership skills were the most sought-after skills in potential new hires. Despite the plethora of talent emerging from our institutions of higher learning, the study reported that 77 percent of hiring managers found it difficult to find qualified candidates. “There is a need for leadership training—today’s learners must hone their skills to stay ahead,” the report concluded. Research by LinkedIn and The Harvard Business Review has corroborated these findings.”
So what is the best way to teach school age children these skills? “Enroll them in after-school programs that constantly require the application of these skills.”
- Initiative: Encouraging proactive behavior and taking action independently.
- Adaptability: Teaching flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations.
- Communication: Fostering skills such as collaboration, active listening, and effective verbal and nonverbal communication.
- Organization: Instilling the importance of organizational skills, complementing presentation, delegation, and time management.
- Empathy: Developing an understanding of others’ feelings and perspectives.
- Critical Thinking: Promoting the ability to analyze information, consider different viewpoints, and recognize fallacies in reasoning.
- Mediation and Conflict Resolution: Teaching skills to resolve conflicts by understanding different perspectives and negotiating sustainable solutions.
The Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu program goes beyond physical training; it becomes a holistic approach to leadership development. By integrating these vital skills seamlessly into martial arts practice, children not only gain self-defense capabilities but also build a strong foundation for leadership in their future endeavors.
Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu stands as a unique platform where the art of jujitsu converges with the art of leadership. As children progress through the program, they not only become skilled martial artists but also empowered leaders ready to face the challenges of an ever-evolving world.