Every person is a unique seed in the world’s garden.
Each seed grows a leader from which greatness can blossom.
Imagine the future of our planet if we nurture each child to sprout greatness.
— Debra J. Slover
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Training in leadership: Born, made, or grown?

You've likely heard the quote that great leaders are "born and not made."  The reason this quote is popular is because people do not believe that they can be a great actor, or painter, or writer, or speaker if the talent is not inborn. I'm not sure why people believe this way, but it is something we've all been taught. While it might be true that certain proclivities are genetic, every single one of us has a leader inside us waiting to grow and shine in some aspect. Read more »

Training teams of children leaders

The attributes of thriving leadership are:

  • Communication
  • Cooperation
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Trust

Training for teams of children leaders must take into account these six attributes of leadership. The training does not have to focus on all of these attributes at once. Read more »

Training for leadership skills

Most people think leadership is the task of guiding or directing others and the ability to plan and organize. While these are facets of leadership, there are aspects that have more to do with you than your ability to work with others. Before one can concern themselves with traditional training for leadership skills, it is important to understand that effective leadership qualities include:
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Tips for leadership

Understanding that leadership is more than a position or title will go a long way toward helping you recognize your true potential. If you want to be an effective leader, first be your own best leader. Once you have your own life in control, you can work on guiding others. The typical tips for leadership involve being a good communicator, a good listener, act with integrity, take responsibility, be organized, and delegate.

All of these qualities of leadership can apply to your own life.
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Leadership training: Pick the right training for you

Choosing the right leadership training for yourself, your team, your classroom, your employees or family can be confusing and even a little frightening. If you search for training on the Internet, you might discover leadership training that uses words like "black belt" or "boot camp" or even "war" and "killer."

These words probably turn a lot of people off to the idea of seeking out any kind of leadership training. They make implications about leadership that are inaccurate about the essence of true leadership and are sexists and combative words. They make implications that leadership is dirty or mean and even destructive. These words ignore the fact that effective leadership has more to do with the person you are than what you do. Read more »

Leadership skills training courses: How to choose the right one

Since leadership comes in different styles, so does leadership training. You can find all stripes of leadership training skills courses, right in your own town, as well as all over the Internet. Many focus on what a leader does and not enough personal skills training in how to be effective in your own life. You've likely heard about or encountered the different leadership styles such as:

Authoritarian -- The authoritarian leader tells the "followers" what to do. This leader does not seek advice and most definitely not opinions of those whom he "leads".
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Leadership development activities

Leadership development activities don't have to be outlandish and involve bungee jumping off a 200 foot bridge. There are some safer and less controversial ways to develop leadership among your team and family members. If you're looking for leadership development activities for your team or family, here are a few fun things you can do right now.
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How and why your actions affect your children more than your words

Do as we say, and not as we do ~ Giovanni Bocaccio

This quote has often been heard by children all over the world, as "Do as I say, not as I do" as a parent picks up a cigarette, drinks too much, or eats too much food. It has been used for generations when children catch their elders doing things they themselves have been lectured not to do.

I am sure that you realize this does not work. Children tend to model the behavior of the adults around them, rather than doing what the adults say to do.

So what is the problem with this? Read more »

How to inspire a clear vision for your business

Let's get a couple of definitions out of the way first:

  1. Vision – the big picture dream about your business
  2. Purpose – why you exist
  3. Mission – the task you set out to achieve
  4.  Goal – what you will do to achieve that task

Creating a clear vision for your business takes some thought, big thought, because this is the one time where you can think larger than you normally would, and the opportunity to think in terms of what you hope to ultimately see if you accomplished all your related objectives. Read more »

How to get real with yourself

Emotionally we humans sometimes put up blocks and barriers in order to avoid the reality of our lives. Whether we are in a bad marriage, having troubles in interpersonal relationships, or we are feeling frustrated with our lack of advancement in our career, we lie to ourselves about it. We make up reasons why we don't get along with people and usually we blame them and take no blame on ourselves. We become victims.

We fall into a survival condition rather than nurture a thriving condition. A survival condition is sometimes necessary depending on the circumstances, but eventually as we get stronger we move into a thriving condition and it is then that we can find it within ourselves to accept our own responsibility for the choices in our lives that led to where ever we are today -- for bad or good. Read more »