A series of short videos about the parallels between parenthood and leadership.
Many challenges as a parent can also be found in the workplace.
Small children grow up and that means: letting go, no matter how difficult that is.
Of course, you are the perfect parent who gives your child the space to grow and develop.
So why don't you do this at work?
You can apply the exact same recipe to your team: let go, empower, grow.
Leadership always starts from self-leadership.
Know yourself first and decide for yourself what you want to invest your energy in before focusing on others.
When you become a parent, it's the same thing. You encounter yourself and learn more about yourself along the way. A good parent is first and foremost a self-aware parent.
Choose your fights and find the right energy balance.
Anne gives the perfect example of shoes lying around in the corridor and the fact that the kids apparently can't manage to put them in the right place. It's so familiar to a lot of parents.
So be it! Let it go, as long as there are children in your house, shoes will lay around the corridor. Full stop.
It happens in many parenting pairs that both partners have a different parenting style. What you often see in daily life is the 'if I don't get if from Mum, I'll go to Dad' phenomenon. This often leads to tensions, especially when it is not mentioned and discussed.
It's also something we very often see in companies. The different managers each have their own management style and the employees quickly know who they should approach for what and who they should approach in which way. Sometimes managers (like parents) are played off against each other.
Is this a problem?
Every parent/manager is unique and has his/her own approach. This is fine as long as the basic values and principles behind this parenting or management style are the same.
You can ask yourself following questions:
A basic workshop on these leadership principles is a must-have to ensure that every manager knows what the foundations are on which he/she may/should build his/her management style.
We can give following leadership principles as an example, based on a recent Ambits client case:
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