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The Teen Test for Your Leadership Skills

The Teen Test for Your Leadership Skills | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Just how good of a leader are you? A quick test may be how well you are “leading” with your teenage son or daughter.

 

Leading as a parent is one of the most challenging, purpose-filled jobs we have. Maybe it is just me, but parenting changes when your child is in the middle of those teen years. When they were younger, we could just tell them what to do, and they acted without too much fuss. When they were younger, they looked up to us almost with admiration.

 

Well, something happens to our child around the age of 16, and we change, too. We shift from an autocratic leadership model to a coaching one.

 

Here’s what I mean. Leading teens becomes about four key things:

 

1. Setting boundaries

2. Upholding accountability

3. Guiding, not telling

4. Inspiring

 

Read the article for insights on each of the four elements, plus the added input from other voices in the comments.

 

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Angie Mc's comment, January 5, 2013 11:34 PM
Excellant guidance to help parents & teens transition into adult relationships. Thank you, Jon!
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10 Ways to Get People to Change

10 Ways to Get People to Change | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

How do you get leaders, employees, customers — and even yourself — to change behaviors? Executives can change strategy, products and processes until they're blue in the face, but real change doesn't take hold until people actually change what they do.

Here is a good list of 10 approaches that seem to work


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The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots

The Five Top Leadership Blind Spots | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

An interesting pattern begins to emerge when you look at which issues leaders seem to struggle with clearly identifying as areas of weakness or risk within their organization.

 

Consider them Blind Spots – those unseen things that create danger that we don’t react to until too late. Excelling at never being blind to these issues will clearly make the difference between being average and being great in your career.


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LAMP: Turning on the Right Leadership Overhead

LAMP: Turning on the Right Leadership Overhead | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Leadership overhead is necessary, if properly applied. When it becomes a complete burden on others, the leadership overhead shifts and weighs down on teams and organizations. The balance between enough and going too far is for leaders to recognize and others to hold them accountable against a reasonable standard.

 

What constitutes a leadership overhead standard?

 

Check out the LAMP model - Learning, Adapting, Mentoring, Planning.

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Transform Leadership Junk into Value – 5 Steps

Transform Leadership Junk into Value – 5 Steps | Leading Choices | Scoop.it

Having grown up on a family farm, we always had a junk pile. What was on the junk pile could be a mix of spare parts, good iron, or just plain scraps of what once was. Some of it, eventually, was sold off, used, or just stayed there, year after year.

 

With our good junk, we:

 

Reinforced something that was working yet needed added strength

Repaired something that was broken

Built something new

 

As leaders, we tend to do the same. We collect junk. We store old practices; we mix in some of the old with the new; and some of it just sits there unused. Not all is bad. Junk can be transformed into useful things in leadership, too, especially when it is added to something working or actively put into use again.

 

What is our leadership junk, and what do we do with it?

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