Today I had the opportunity to speak with a group of third graders interviewing me for a presentation they are collaborating on in class. We were talking about leaders, specifically positive leaders, and the actions they take. There was no end to their observations:
- Leaders are kind.
- They help others.
- They smile.
- They make you feel better about yourself and teach you.
- They care about others.
- They inspire and support you.
- They make a difference in the world.
These students truly believe they are leaders and possess the qualities of leadership inside of them; they get it (and ironically, as the adult, I often forget it). So we talked about ways to focus on the positive leader in each of us since we can ALL be leaders. Again, their ideas are inspiring (and show they’ve done their research too!):
- Be thankful and focus on what you get to do.
- Smile cause it produces that fuzzy stuff in your brain (serotonin)! 😉
- Exercise since it reduces stress and all.
- Do something for someone else to show you care about them.
- Encourage others; root for them!
- Change the world one person at a time!
These are just a few of their ideas, but think about the results if everyone practiced these daily! They truly inspired me and as one young leader offered, “We should all focus on being a positive leader in someway everyday because they are easy enough for a third grader!” 🙂