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By POSITION, I am the Chief Operating Officer of a company. My employees flawlessly execute my orders or they will be terminated! In organizational development, that type of leadership creates what is called a “fear based culture”. Fear based cultures are easy to spot because people that live in them are lifeless.
My title may be Chief Operating Officer, but I go by Keath. I choose to build my team members and take a sincere interest in their lives. I listen intently when they speak and ask questions in order to fully understand them. I choose to earn their trust and they know I have their best interest at heart when I make decisions. My team members give me PERMISSION to lead them.
By POSITION, I am the father of my children and they do what I say or they will be disciplined. However, if I stop there, I will miss their heart! I don’t want my children to live in a fear based home. I choose to build my children and take a sincere interest in their life. I take time to play with them and listen closely to every word they speak. I choose to earn their trust and they know I have their best interest at heart when I make decisions. My children give me PERMISSION to lead them.
Is it time for some of you to move from positional parenting to permission parenting?