Leadership Starts At Home

This week I gave a talk on leadership to one of the most diverse groups I’ve seen in a long time: ages ranging from late twenties to mid-seventies. And varied occupations and interests. Great audience.

I talked about different levels/types of leaders.
Team/organization leadership was first on the agenda. Here I emphasized what has been documented time and time again. And across teams and organizations.

  • Most successful business leaders find the best solutions when they engage diversity.

Next the discussion moved on to another level – the personal leadership.

  • Here focus and perseverance took center stage.

(Some were taking notes so I tried to slow down a bit.
I’m a fast talker. I wonder if I’m faster than a New Yorker : )

Then I asked this:

There is another level of leadership that can greatly influence the other two. Would you venture to name it?

Long pause. And lots of puzzled looks.
(Then I did get one correct answer.)

Do you know?
The answer: Leadership at the family level.

The first lesson in leadership starts at home. With our parents. And our extended family.
To develop a child’s full potential you need a loving, good-for-learning home environment.

Some of you may ask (especially the first-time parents), “And what kind of ‘animal’ is that?”

A good learning environment is one that has structure and allows room for fun.
Structure and spontaneity – it’s a simple and effective combination.

The structure gives children security among other things.
Spontaneity allows them to get creative and have fun.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.

/Comments/in Featured,Leadership/by Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru
Mariana Fieraru, an Eastern European transplant, fell in love with her new home shortly after landing in New York. She "discovered" pizza! Years later she still loves pizza. And so do her two feathered-kids, Sunny and Flipper

Mariana worked on both, the east and the west coast.
Big or small, each project she worked on helped define the importance of gaining and sustaining a competitive edge in an increasingly complex business environment.

Business know-how, love of teaching and writing – all combined in 2006 to form OBI.
Its mission: to make learning fun! And easy.

Through its training, consulting, and publications OBI builds bridges of knowledge to take you from where you are to
where you want to go. Using a mix of serious, informal, analytical, and optimistic approach, OBI truly makes learning fun.

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