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Good authoritative leadership means listening to the child for what they need and why they act out or disobey. It considers emotion in behavior. Compared to authoritarian leadership, this might take longer to get a room under control, but you may build a better relationship and support them emotionally. You also get them to think about why their actions lead to consequences, building empathy and critical thinking. This also builds resiliency and emotional control, as children learn to better control their own emotions when things don’t go their way.


  1. Good authoritative leaders listen to the children’s side
  2. Authoritative leaders encourage children to reflect upon their actions through empathy
  3. Children learn to control their emotions over time when they are encouraged