As a homeschool mom, I am constantly learning. And most of that learning comes through reading online articles about things I want to grow in and teach my kids. So how do I use those online articles to grow myself and my kids??
In a recent article by Fast Company, they state “TOMORROW’S LEADERS WILL BE FLEXIBLE, SELFLESS, AND READY TO COLLABORATE.”
As a mom, we have a great opportunity before us! When we see an article like the one linked above, we have two options. The first one is to ignore it. The second one is to use it. I choose use it!
I think, sadly, our older generation doesn’t have the same definition of leadership as what it is meaning now. It doesn’t always mean “president” or “business owner.” It doesn’t even mean being in a high position of power.
Every child needs to learn to be a leader.
So I started a conversation with my daughter about leadership and the three character traits in the article.
I asked my oldest what her definition of a leader was. She replied:
People look up to you, you are an example, you have a higher authority than some in your group, they can trust you, not get frustrated easily, being a leader doesn’t mean you are higher than everyone else, you need to be humble. Anyone can be a leader, taking up the responsibility and being a good example and helping others.
Then I asked her what are some ways she can practice growth in the following areas? It was hard to stay quiet and wait for those wheels to process in her brain. I think it is easy for us moms to forget that because we have more life experience to draw from, we can answer questions faster. But I have learned that when I am silent and wait, not only does she internalize what she needs to learn better, but I almost always learn in the process.
Flexible. She suggested starting by being prepared when a situation comes up (for example, checking the calendar for upcoming events, putting your clothes out the night before, etc.). Leave extra time in your schedule throughout the day. Don’t just have a schedule, have habits (like routines). And stay on top of things.
Selflessness. She had a hard time with this one. She said she wanted to make sure to have a balance so not too selfless that she was taken advantage of, yet not so prideful she only thought about herself. We talked about thinking of others before ourselves, but that doesn’t mean you don’t ever do what you want to do.
Ready to collaborate. She suggested the book suggestion Do Hard Things because it talks frequently about teamwork. She suggested the mentality of remembering that others have great ideas and can make a project better. And to accept the ideas of others and not always think your ideas are best.
So do you or your children have other ideas? I encourage you to ask your child how they can develop these character traits (we had a GREAT discussion) and write them down. Then come back here and share with us, adding value to others!