4 Lessons Daddy Taught Us About Productive Leadership
“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.” – Albert Einstein
True indeed, this is what we learned from our daddy and realized it when we reached adulthood. Unlike, mothers who have a desire to nurture their children, fathers have the desire to protect them by passing onto them their survival and hardship teachings, and their guidance.
Fathers are the only mentor who teaches us not only how to survive in the world but also how we can grow and flourish. Fathers set an example by showing us how they control the household and manage both professional and social life while taking care of their spouse and children. It wouldn’t hurt to say that fathers are the ideal example of how to become a great leader.
If we look back and analyze the days of our youth, we can discover dozens of qualities in our father that teach us a lot about how we can be a productive leader if we follow those qualities. Let’s see what those traits are and how we can implement them in our life.
Plan Ahead For Future
Fathers always forecast how they will be going to raise their children. What sort of education will be best for their future? What type of adult they want their children to become? What kind of survival instincts or abilities they will require to overcome the hardship of life?
Doesn’t that sound familiar to how a leader thinks when he is assigned a team? Of course, it is. A competent leader always plans ahead as soon as he gets his own team. He understands it well that what prerequisites he’ll require to make his team productive. How he’ll lead them to produce the required results and how he’ll be going to draw out their innate potential…
“A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others do.” – Leroy Elms
Always Be Reasonable
Fathers always act in a reasonable manner with their children since they were also a child once, so they understand the opinions and feelings of their children. Likewise, an excellent leader is also reasonable and he realizes the feedback, perspective or opinions of his team members well. Thus, a good leader never assigns a task to his team members that they can’t accomplish. If he gives them such a task that is beyond their potential, they will fail and so as the leader.
A reasonable leader takes into account the ability of each member in his team. If he assigns a task to any member that sounds a little difficult, then the team member should understand that the leader acknowledges his skill and he is counting on him.
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower
Think and Act Decisively
Fathers are decisive when it comes to parenting or raising their children. Fathers are not only inclined to shoulder their children to let them cry for a while, but they are also highly inclined to demonstrate their child to put together themselves and look ahead, towards the bright future. They take decisions effectively for the goodwill of their children.
Similarly, leaders are also good decision makers. They have the innate ability to take even difficult decisions with utter confidence. They always put into effect sound judgment when it comes to measuring their own skills or the potential of their team members. They always assign tasks to members based on their ability or competency.
“Being decisive, being focused, committing ourselves to the fulfillment of a dream, greatly increases our chance for success!” –Anonymous
There come many ups and downs in our life at some point or another. However, no matter how many inconsistencies conjure up, a resilient father always overcome it without burning out his emotional or physical limitation. It is because they always keep their family in mind and that is what makes them keep going.
Great leaders are also flexible and resilient. They have the resistance or tenacity to recuperate when they hit any unfortunate mishap or situation. They have personal mastery over their limitations and skills. They know how to cope with difficult situations.
“In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life.” –Albert Bandura