The adult side of us sometimes gets in the way of our development. Here are four critical leadership development lessons learned by being more childish.
With adulthood, especially in positions of power or influence, we so often – and understandably – lose sight of what fostered our nearly endless growth and curiosity as children.
And because leadership and adulthood aren’t mutually inclusive – and aren’t always positional or hierarchical – leadership, by way of inspiration or influence, can emerge from unlikely and unintended sources, like children.
Children can lead. So what if, even if briefly, we reflected back on the limitless wonder and curiosity of childhood, reminded that we are students all our lives – and that the world is our classroom?
And what if we viewed leadership – or even simply adulthood – through the lens of childhood, enabling us to reconnect with the boundlessness of our minds and abilities, thus positioning us to foster self-trust and trust in others, just as children do?
Think you could do it?
Because the most successful leader is a ‘student leader,’ one who continues to accept and seek out new and challenging opportunities, just as children never cease to find wonder and enlightenment in all things and, more – arguably most importantly – be amenable and adaptable when life gets in the way.