It’s embarrassing to admit but I occasionally ask my children for a performance review of my parenting skills. “How am I doing? ” I’ve written in emails, “Tell me what I should stop, start, and continue doing.”
My daughter replied recently:
1. STOP sending out performance reviews. It’s weird.
2. START not sending performance reviews. It’s weird.
3. CONTINUE everything else.
Okay, I really deserved that.
Yes, I get a little carried away when it comes to leadership models. But it still amazes me how the fundamentals of good parenting and solid leadership are practically the same. Really.
I’ve also noticed how Blanchard's Situational Leadership Model applies to child rearing. Now that my kids are grown, I’m doing a whole lot less hand holding and a lot more delegating. It’s not always easy. The toughest part for me is withholding advice and encouraging them to generate their own solutions.
P.S. Here’s a TWEET for you to share: "There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children: roots and wings." - H. Carter via @CoachOra