Forbes magazine interviewed leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore about how to help your children grow into leaders. Elmore is the Founder and President of Growing Leaders, an organization dedicated to mentoring young people to become leaders.
He highlighted seven parental behaviors that can hinder their growth and then gave tips to help them develop as leaders. I am giving you the quick-hit version. Click the link to read about both aspects in greater detail.
“1.Talk over the issues you wish you would’ve known about adulthood.
“2. Allow them to attempt things that stretch them and even let them fail.
“3. Discuss future consequences if they fail to master certain disciplines.
“4. Aid them in matching their strengths to real-world problems.
“5. Furnish projects that require patience, so they learn to delay gratification.
“6. Teach them that life is about choices and trade-offs; they can’t do everything.
“7. Initiate (or simulate) adult tasks like paying bills or making business deals.
“8. Introduce them to potential mentors from your network.
“9. Help them envision a fulfilling future, and then discuss the steps to get there.
“10. Celebrate progress they make toward autonomy and responsibility.”
So what do you think of his list of hindering parental behavior and his list of tips to help them develop?