Co-operation and Leadership

Learning how to co-operate as a family member: when to follow and when to lead - will help your child succeed in school, in relationships with friends, and in life in general. Within a family children also learn important co-operative skills like working together, sharing the chores, and taking turns. 

Learning how to co-operate with others requires giving, as well as taking, and realizing that the good of the group is more important than the good of the one


Co-operation grows when there is a spirit of trust and open communication and everyone has equal opportunity to participate in the group. Group members must learn to recognize and pool their talents, energy and resources to accomplish goals together: it is then that they will be most successful. They need to learn how to take different roles in different situations and tasks. Sometimes we can be the leaders, another time we need to be the ‘go-for’ person. 

At Otonga we actively seek opportunities for children to adopt different group roles. We promote being team, class and school monitors, as well as having elected leaders in the School Council and as Peer Mediators. From the age of 5 our children learn to carry out “monitor duties”. By accepting responsibility children are learning early leadership skills


People need people. My daughter Laurie was about three when she requested my help to get ready for bedtime. I was downstairs and she was upstairs, and...well. "You know how to undress yourself," I reminded. "Yes," she explained, "but sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves."
Bits & Pieces, December 1990

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