Effective discipline requires strong parental leadership.  According to John Rosemond, author of ‘Parenting by the Book,’  leadership is not a set of behavior modification methods but an attitude and mindset.  Whether in business, sports or parenting, effective leadership traits include the following:

  • may disapprove of what you do but they always approve of you
  • lead by example
  • enthusiastic sharing their vision
  • decisive and willing to make un-popular decisions
  • stay the course when the going gets tough

A popular leadership talk on Ted.com is ‘How Great Leaders Inspire Action’ by Simon Sinek.  With over 12 million views, Simon Sinek’s talk explains how Dr. Martin Luther King, Apple and other individuals and businesses become more inspirational leaders.  There are lessons for business leaders and farsighted parents.

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading.’ TED  started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference and TEDGlobal — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.  TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).

Question: What leadership have you demonstrated in raising your children?   You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Parents are often challenged with balancing the role of parent and role of husband or wife.  Unfortunately,  the children often become the primary focus and the parents allow the role of spouse to fall to secondary importance.   The result is often a ‘child-centric’ home which ultimately hurts both the child and the parents.

This video is the story of Ian and Larissa — a story of love after a traumatic brain injury.  It’s an inspirational story of a couple’s struggle to find what’s truly important in marriage.  I hope it inspires you to find ways to keep your marriage strong by serving each other. Your children will appreciate it.

Read a 1-yr update of their story here.

Learn ways to keep your marriage ‘spouse-focused’ here:  ‘Til Children do us Part?