What defines a leader? Some of history’s most prominent figures are quoted on the topic, leaving modern and future generations with compelling perspectives on what leadership is.
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
– John C. Maxwell
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
– Harvey S. Firestone
“Leadership is practiced not so much in words, but rather in attitudes and actions.”
– Harold S. Geneen
“The secret of success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.”
– Tony Dungy
Everyday we all have the opportunity to be leaders in some way – at the workplace, in our communities and of course at home. As parents, it is important to never forget that you are leaders and you must recognize the power your influence has on the children who look up to you.
Modeling is one of the most important foundational skills a parent can embrace. Whether it’s the language you use, your ability to manage stress, the choices you make or how you react to challenges – research shows that all of these things resonate with your children.
Albeit a common idea, it’s something that we consistently reaffirm in our Family Coaching sessions. Embrace the opportunity to influence those around you in a positive way, especially when it comes to your children. Set boundaries, set expectations and set examples – You are a leader.