Why Leadership is Pretty Much the Same with Parenting? Leadership Tips from Parenting

Here at the-Coaching Blog-run by Gerard O’Donovan, our aim is to constantly bring value to those seeking to improve their lives. Therefore we have a policy of publishing articles and materials by guest authors whom we value and appreciate. Today’s guest author is Lorand Soares Szasz (Romania).

I have never thought of leadership the way I did after I became a father. Of course, I’ve read hundreds of books regarding leadership before, have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs, but nothing compares to the understanding that parenthood gave me over this subject. Why so, you may wonder… Well, I can illustrate this metaphor by using 3 must-have features both a parent and an excellent leader have.

1. Patience

A manager is a person who is trained to act accordingly to the numbers of the business. On the other hand, the leader has the patience of a parent. A leader understands the process of learning, of making mistakes and then trying again. A leader trusts his team, and he knows that at the end of the process of learning there is performance. Remember the patience your parents used to have when you were little? Even though they were tired they knew that one day you will walk by yourself. Remember this type of patience next time you see a new colleague that does not fit in the first weeks or your team member doesn’t “produce” within the first days. Give them time, space, encourage them like you know that eventually, he’ll do great in your company.

2. Offers the very best

A leader offers the best for his team – the best environment for performance, the best learning opportunities, clear procedures, etc. This is because a leader knows how performance is made. Remember the first day of school when your parents offered you the best clothes they could afford, best pen, best notebooks? They were the first leaders you have ever met.

More than this, they offered you support – helped you with your homework, answered your questions listened to your dilemmas. Leaders offer their very best and, more than that, they offer support & help every step of the way ‘till you handle it by yourself.

3. Freedom to fly when you are ready

We all learn our lessons. And when we learn the main lessons that life offers us, we call ourselves “grown-ups”.

There is a similar process in leadership – you “grow” people, teach them the best, help them until one day you realise that they are “professional grownups” and it’s time to offer them freedom, but also more responsibilities. Leadership is the art of growing people, knowing when to leave them to fly and that eventually help them outgrow you and be okay with that.

About Lorand Soares Szasz

Business Coach & Speaker

One of the most appreciated experts in the accelerated growth of Romanian companies. He is the author of several books on business development. Lorand supports seminars, entrepreneurship courses and sales every month across the country and abroad.

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