How to be a good leader, brought to you by my 15-year-old. *chuckle*
Video game addition:
Now both of my boys are extremely smart but the youngest is by far the most mature. That has been obvious since the beginning. Their personalities are very different one from the other and although they obviously share the same lifestyle growing up it is very obvious that they are each their own person.
When playing video games the oldest knows and sees more than most, he is intelligent and calculating and just basically above those around him. I am not trying to start any ‘I’m better than you’ matches here so please don’t go there. It’s just a fact.
When things are not going his way he gets angry, and shouting and name calling even when he is really frustrated.
The point? He is smart enough to be a good leader and he knows enough to be a good leader BUT he does not lead well! Most often he has his mic muted because lord forbid anyone hear him but that also means he is getting no where fast, all by himself!
Now to the youngest. He is every bit as bright as his brother and every bit as far ahead of everyone else as well. The difference is he keeps his mic on. He laughs a bit and jokes a bit and then let’s everyone know where he is, what he sees and how he feels would best work for the troop to move forward.
The situation is the same, the adrenaline is the same (any of you who play know just how caught up you can get) but instead of getting angry, the youngest takes a breath, steps back, laughs a bit and *asks* for what he needs instead of shouting orders ….
Patience, humour, humility and manners …. a good leader.