When thinking about leadership in the workplace we often concentrate on lessons learned from our bosses. But our children could be teaching us more about leadership than we actually realise.
If we pay attention to our children we can learn these 3 lessons from them, and apply this to leadership in the office:
Wonder and Curiosity. Children have an avid thirst for learning new things, sometimes too much, but to them, everything is exciting and new which creates a sense of wonder. Children also have an impressive ability to let their minds wander, allowing them to tackle each new activity with great enthusiasm. If you can replicate this behaviour and apply it to a task or project that you are working on you may be able to become more productive than before.
Being in the moment. Multi-tasking is a skill but it can also hold you back from fully focusing on one task. When on the phone in a meeting, it is easy to check emails, texts and data but this is a habit that needs to be broken. Children are different in that they fully engage in the moment they are in. For example, if they’re building a sand castle, they get their tools (i.e. bucket, spade) and don’t stop until it’s built. If you tackle your jobs without interruption, it would be amazing to see what you can accomplish.
Focusing on the possibilities. When asking a child what they want to be when they grow up, they think big. They dream big too, which allows them to focus on the possibilities of the future because they don’t ever worry about the risks. In the workplace, it is easy to say ‘No’ when you think something isn’t going to work, without really giving it a go. If you occasionally say ‘Yes, let’s give it a go’ it could be worth seeing what you come up with.
So, learn from your children because they can teach more about leadership than any boss ever could.