Some gifted children may be perceived as bossy or domineering, when they are enthusiastic about a new idea or invention.   They may be so intensely involved they don’t notice the other children’s reactions or lack of interest.  Gifted children can learn the difference between leadership and bossiness.

Some tips for helping your child navigate the nuances:

  • Help your child understand that a good leader lets others have ideas and input and doesn’t always make all the decisions
  • Share with them the aspects of leadership—delegating, assisting, helping, facilitating
  • Talk about the differences between bossiness and cooperation
  • Provide outlets for leadership skills to emerge, either at home or within the community



Webb et al, 2007