Children on Leadership Part 1 – Risk Taking
This is a three part post about how children can show us how to be better leaders. The second part hopefully will be posted sometime tommorow.
Yesterday I was watching a group of kids playing on a couch. At first they were simply just jumping on it and having a good time. Finally one of the kids had this ingenious idea of purposely falling off the highest point of the couch head first and having their hands in front of them to save them as they would rollover onto their backs. This probably was not the safest or smartest thing they could have done, but it really reminded me of something I struggle with as a leader, taking risks.
A lot of the times as a leader I think being “safe” will make my job easier and it might for the short term. Sometimes taking risks will lead to an ouchy, but children cry it off and get right back to action. Like a child we too need to shake it off, learn from it, and move onto the next thing.
Other times risks can lead to big rewards and discoveries. This is when you see a child’s facelight because they reaize that they have done something amazing.