The more we lead, the more we work with leaders, and the more we parent, the more we see compelling parallels between leadership and parenting.
Leaders are parents, and parents are leaders. They are in different settings with parallel roles.
Here is an excerpt from a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D. titled, “Children Learn What They Live.”
As you read it below, replace the word children, with employees, and the connection between parenting and leadership is abundantly clear.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
Please Listen Up, Parents is written by kids for today’s busy parent/leader. It has dual application to the work front and the home front.
Elevate your leadership and parenting by applying this simple wisdom from the mouths of babes.