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May 04, 2018 Friday 03:00:42 PM IST

Parent Leader: Ways to Go!

Leadership Instincts

Leadership is the ability to inspire yourself and others to take positive action in life. Every individual and organization needs leadership. Family is one of the most important organizations in the world and it needs leadership.

One should take a leadership role in one's family. Becoming an effective and successful parent leader is important in setting an example for the children too. Kids watch their parents' behavior to learn how to behave in the world. The parents need to make sure that they are setting positive examples for the children. Without self-awareness it’s very hard to create a vision for your own or your family’s future. Self-growth lets us bridge the gaps of where we are today and where we want to be.

Here are some of the key take aways:

*Use positive communication in your family:

When you use positive communication with your children, you tend to get better results. Yelling creates a negative reaction with your children and causes us to become out of control. Once we as the parent are out of control, the child becomes out of control. A real leader has the ability to communicate to anybody to take positive action. An effective leader has the tools to respond instead of reacting to a situation. 

*View problems as opportunities:

One way to view problems as opportunities is to view change as a natural part of life. Your perspective and attitude regarding change will largely determine how well you deal with it. In addition, we want to develop our problem solving skills. The more problems we solve, the more confidence we have in our ability to solve problems, and the better we become at quickly generating solutions to challenges that come up in life. Instead of going into stress mode when problems arise, jump into problem solving mode.

*Practice emotional intelligence:

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, manage, and control the emotions of one’s self. To practice emotional intelligence, one must recognize and develop the five competencies of emotional intelligence – self-awareness, intelligently managing our emotions, motivation, empathy, and social skills. At the same time, as parents, we must provide opportunities for our children to learn these same skills. Emotional intelligence is one of the greatest predictors of success in people today, over intelligence and education.

*Maintaining balance within family:

You may become stressed if your family doesn’t have balance. It may be difficult to cope with problems that occur. Try to avoid over committing your life. Make sure you take time to be together as a family, develop your relationships, and align your life with your vision and family values.

(Indebted to various Sources)