7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders by Kathy Caprino at Forbes on 16 January 2014.

The author of this article is a former family therapist; she brings her experience forward in her new role as a leadership trainer.  She had a discussion with leadership expert Dr. Tim Elmore, and they came up with the following problem behaviours that can result in children not becoming leaders:

  • We don’t let our children experience risk
  • We rescue too quickly
  • We rave too easily
  • We let guilt get in the way of leading well
  • We don’t share our past mistakes
  • We mistake intelligence, giftedness and influence for maturity
  • We don’t practice what we preach.

At the end of the article, the author provides ten steps that can be taken to avoid these seven mistakes.

As I was reading the article, I was immediately drawing comparisons to what I am doing as a father.  As I thought about the various points, however, I got to thinking on how applicable they are to new employees joining the workforce (well, guilt and raving not so much).

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