Are the best leaders also the best parents?

Personal values list
Our instructor, a seasoned attorney, carries a $100 bill and tells people when riding elevators he’ll give it to them if they can share their personal values before the door opens. He’s never given away the $100. He would have yesterday if he had tested the audience.


Empathy is often regarded as one of the top leadership qualities differentiating great leaders from good leaders.

And there’s talk about some adults being too busy to be effective parents, that is, too busy to generously demonstrate empathy.

This is why i insist great leaders differentiate themselves with:

  1. clear, concise, compelling vision
  2. enhancing employee involvement by moving past training, to development, to foster commitment (versus compliance)
  3. putting structure and process in place to have absolute clarity on accountability for priorities and balance
  4. demonstrating the most commitment on your team, and if there was a private vote, you’d be unanimously selected

Makes perfect sense.

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PS. The 5 personal values i’ve been teaching our son since he could talk:

  1. Honesty
  2. Behave admirably
  3. Personal Responsibility
  4. Self-control
  5. Initiative

We worked on honesty (trust) from day one. Behaving admirably was introduced with the advent of sleepovers. Personal responsibility added during elementary school. Self-control added during adolescence. And initiative was added last year as a High Schooler. Next up is fun – probably add that tonight.




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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.