If it is true that what we learn in our original organization, the family, is what we bring into all other organizations (from school to community to work), then we need to start leadership development right at home.
Parents and early education teachers play vital roles in helping kids learn to get along. Initially it is like putting a puzzle together; we all need to figure out how to form positive relationships.
From the “me-me-me” days of the two-year-old to the generosity of a fifth grader handing a friend their favorite toy, there are roadmaps to be drawn that will take us through every relationship everywhere.
Here are the 4 Keys to remember:
1. Be the model: This is not “do as I say”, it is “do as I do”.
2. Talk the walk: The words “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU” go a long way.
3. Acknowledge: We all want to be heard and appreciated. A simple “You Matter” will fill an empty or sad heart.
4. Cooperation beats Competition: Life really is a series of compromises and negotiations. Give your BEST and ASK what is needed rather than just saying what YOU want.
In our Total Leadership Connections program for emerging leaders and for those in leadership positions, we have a wonderful statement: “Careful the tale you tell, people will listen”.
Social intelligence is as important as emotional and intellectual intelligence. It begins at home and goes with us everywhere.