Role of a Parent
- Creating a safe environment - Framework of Values
- Create opportunity - removing barriers
- Coach - Build confidence, inspire and encourage
- Positive Feedback - Praise
- Sacrifice - to enable others to succeed
- Discipline / guidance and support
Framework of Values
Children observe, listen and act to what's around them continually even when we think they are not. As parents we are role models and so our actions, words and values we conduct at home will inevitably be the ones our children will grow up with. Build a strong framework of these values rather than rules to create a positive learning environment that will also be natural and sustainable.
Create Opportunity - Remove Barriers
A child's mind is more imaginative, creative and adaptive to learning due to continued new experiences, involvement with new locations, objects, physical and mental developments etc. Present the opportunity to learn in everything they do. Open their eyes to find wonder in even the most simplistic of things (a child will naturally do this - take the classic cardboard box scenario, where they are more intrigued by the box then the item in it.)
Coach - Build confidence, inspire and encourage
Let them dream and their imagination guide them. Present opportunity for development and a chance for them to explore and learn for themselves. Remember mistakes are good, we learn from them.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn". -Benjamin Franklin
Positive Feedback - Praise
We all thrive on praise and compliments, "The feel good factor". Praise and positive feedback drive passion and desire which, in turn encourages the individual to recreate the same feeling of accomplishment and success. Be bold with your actions of praise to recognise their sense of achievement. (linked heavily to your core values framework).
Sacrifice to enable others to succeed
We always strive to provide better opportunities, better experiences, better learning for our children to enable them to achieve more than ourselves. These sacrifices can be applied through every aspect of day to day living, but can easily be forgotten within busy family lives.
Check out Simon Sinek's TED Talk about great leaders make you feel safe.
Discipline / guidance and support
Children like to push boundaries to see what they can get away with (just another learning development). Be consistent with the rules you have in place, explain and discuss the reasons for the act of discipline to enable them to process and learn, using praise as an incentive (linked heavily with your core values).
Remember, actions and behaviour which you portray will be imitated with similar behaviour.
Parallel Values - the link to business
The key fundamentals that we provide as parents are the defining attributes of a great leader. Identifying these attributes and adhering to each one will build respect, honesty and empathy within your team.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams