Out of the Mouths of Babes

Every morning that I am home my seven year old son comes in for a “random chat” when he wakes up .  Our random chats are just that. They are not specific, we just talk about anything that comes into our heads.  It is our special time and we both love it.  It is quiet, warm and we are able to talk about anything but we normally talk about school because Lucas loves school.

 Today I got a lesson in leadership that I want to share with you.  Yesterday my son was chosen as a captain of a class team.  He was very excited as he loves being the boss.

 We chatted about what he had to do as the captain and then I asked him “What do you think makes a good captain?”

 His answers were:

  1. Sometimes, you have to agree -which also means listening
  2. Sometimes you have to disagree– but you still have to be nice
  3. Sometimes you have to sacrifice to make things better for members of your team
  4. You always have to be nice to your members and care for them.

These are simple and true and as good as any text book I have read about leadership.   What do you think?  How many leaders or managers do you think need a lesson in leadership from Lucas Senior?

 As an aside, there are days when I think I can be a better mother, in fact I will go as far to say that there are days when I think that I am a bad mother. Days when the socks don’t match , when I wasn’t there to listen to his reading or days when I was so busy they got no time at all from me but then Lucas says something to me like above and I think “he is amazing and I made him!”  Good on me!  

 To all you busy parents out there, whether you are working parents or not, take 5 minutes to talk to your kids today and find out how amazing they are and then give yourself a pat on the back.