Quick-Step: Creating an environment that will allow your children to become leaders.
What it is: Take proactive steps to develop leadership skills in your kids and make sure you avoid the 7 parenting behaviors that inhibit leadership growth.
Why you need this:
Without even knowing it, parents can be interfering with their children’s ability to grow and achieve their full potential. Kathy Caprino writing for Forbes identifies what she calls “7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors that Keep Children from Growing into Leaders”:
- We don’t let our children experience risk.
- We rescue too quickly.
- We rave too easily.
- We let guilt get in the way of leading well.
- We don’t share our past mistakes.
- We mistake their intelligence, giftedness, and influence for maturity.
- We don’t practice what we preach.
For a detailed description of these points check out the article on Forbes: 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors that Keep Children from Growing into Leaders
Estimated time: 5-10 minutes
How to do it:
Knowing about the potential crippling behaviors is a start, but below are proactive steps you can take to help your child become a leader.
- Talk over the issues you wish you would’ve known about adulthood.
- Allow them to attempt things that stretch them and even let them fail.
- Discuss future consequences if they fail to master certain disciplines.
- Aid them in matching their strengths to real-world problems.
- Furnish projects that require patience, so they learn to delay gratifications.
- Teach them that life is about choices and trade-offs; they can’t do everything.
- Initiate (or stimulate) adult tasks like paying bills or making business deals.
- Introduce them to potential mentors from your network.
- Help them envision a fulfilling future, and then discuss the steps to get there.
- Celebrate progress they make toward autonomy and responsibility.
Many of these discussion can happen organically out of everyday situations and can have a very positive, life-long impact.