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What’s A Leader Made Of?

5 Characteristics of Leadership

We want to set our children up for success and we want them to be great leaders one day. However, what makes a good leader? How can we foster those qualities? At IMAA, we have seen students become leaders, and they all have five characteristics in common. We are proud to say that our core values go hand in hand with those characteristics. We are confident that we are helping mold our students into future leaders! 

1) Honesty and Integrity

Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible…”  Leaders need to set an example with consistent honesty. If the leader expects their subordinates to have integrity, they too must show it.

At IMAA, we believe that the most important aspect of being a true martial artist is to have a high moral character – to have Integrity. It is important to be honest and keep your promises to others. In the martial arts world, having integrity means being a person with honor.

2) Good Communication Skills

Imagine a leader with an amazing vision for their group-but they lack the ability to communicate that vision to their team. Will they be successful? Of Course not! An important part of leadership is the ability to communicate with others. If you cannot communicate, then you cannot lead successfully.

At IMAA, we believe that communication is very important for our students’ success. That is why we model how to be good communicators in our lessons. We are direct and explain what we want from our students. We have seen that when our older students start teaching classes, they also possess these quality communication skills. 

3) Willingness to Delegate and Empower

A good leader knows the difference between doing and leading. Sometimes people in a leadership role think that something may not be done correctly so they do not delegate responsibility to others. That is a big mistake. If you delegate, it will empower others. 

At IMAA, we know the importance of empowering our students. As our older students progress in their program, they can teach the younger students. We have seen this have a wonderful impact on our students, and it empowers them to be good leaders and work harder!

4) Commitment and Passion

Being committed and passionate about what you do is important to your success as a leader. If you are not passionate, how will those around you feel? Will they want to work hard for you? If a leader has passion and is committed to his team, it will inspire others.

5) Confidence

At IMAA, we see that our students understand commitment. Becoming a martial artist requires commitment and passion. The only way students will be successful and grow, is to have a strong commitment to their studies of martial arts. 

Believing in yourself and your ability to lead and make decisions are crucial to effective leadership. A leader that lacks confidence will not inspire those around them. But there is a difference between arrogance and confidence. Confidence exudes a positive influence on those around you.

One thing that all of our students at IMAA develop over time is confidence. They have worked hard and stuck with their training. They have overcome obstacles and persevered, which instills a high level of confidence. This confidence will also carry over into other aspects of their lives, making them successful in their other endeavors!

Want to Read More About Martial Arts?

Take a look at some of our other articles about martial arts and IMAA’s course offerings. 

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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. Our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Kenpo Karate, Kali, and Aikido and build your skills one day at a time with help of our dedicated instructors. We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield, and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.  

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William D.
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This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!
Tara H.
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
Niko F.
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Not only are the staff amazing, but there is a mix of fun and learning in the curriculum. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves this school. She has learned respect and many other aspects making her more focused and well behaved. I definitely recommend this school for you or your child.
Janice P.
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Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.
Kristi F.
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Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!
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