January 2010 brought with it a unique challenge. Our ConvergenceCoaching co-founder and partner Jennifer Wilson approached me about taking on a “special project.” She asked me if I could develop a PowerPoint presentation on Leadership. But, this time it wasn’t for our typical audience of managers, partners and other working professionals. It was going to be presented to elementary school age children!
I immediately accepted the task because it sounded different and exciting. But then I wondered how I would communicate the concepts in our materials to their age group. Were these kids too young to learn about leadership concepts like ownership, accountability and modeling behavior, I wondered?
I had the slightest bit of concern because I wasn’t sure how I was going to find a way to simplify the information and make it easy to understand and apply. But, once I sat down to create the slides, I was amazed at easy it actually was. When you boil it down, understanding what it takes to be a great leader is really very simple. The hard part is actually doing what it takes to be great leader. This is true no matter how old you are. Certainly, the first step is to learn what it takes to be a great leader, but then it comes down to commitment, discipline and consistency of action. Now, I’m starting to think that everything I need to know about leadership, I could have learned in Kindergarten!
Children are never too young to start learning about leadership and success principles. Take the time to teach the children in your life the value of honesty, integrity and helping others succeed.
Here are four great books to read to the precious young ones in your life. They are perfect for helping children (of all ages!) learn about confidence, positive thinking and visioning:
Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Wayne Dyer
Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Wayne Dyer
No Excuses!: How What You Say Can Get In Your Way by Wayne Dyer
I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations by Louise L. Hay
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