Tuesday, January 5, 2016

One Size Fits All

In several different places over the past few months, I'll see a parent asking how to deal with a child who does x (insert behavior here).

At the end of the day, this is a superbly simple question to answer.

You must realize that people are social beings. Humans are pack animals. When you realize this, you are 90% there.

People follow leaders. They do not follow those without authority. If you want authority, you must assert it in no uncertain terms.

If you are a leader, and want a desired behavior, keep in mind these maxims:
- Reward desirable behavior.
- Punish undesirable behavior.
- If you do not punish behavior, it will be viewed as desirable.

Do these things effectively, and you will always have success and be viewed as a great leader:
- Communicate; especially what is and is not allowed and what is and is not expected.
- Reward / punish fairly, not based on emotion.

Do not punish based on anger.
Do not fail to punish based on compassion.
These are both signs of a weak leader.

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