4 Leadership Lessons From The Teenager Next Door

Yes, you heard it right! Even though teenagers are better known for their rebellious attitude and general disregard for authority, I still believe there’s a lot to learn from them. I happen to have a neighbour named Kush. Having seen him grow up in front of my eyes, I have closely witnessed his transformation over the years. His journey from childhood to adolescence has been a delight to watch, and insightful in many ways –

1. Always Have A Plan

This is something every teenager will relate with. Similarly, as a leader, one needs to have a well thought out plan.  For Kush, the plan includes a timed out schedule for working out, studying, and pursuing hobbies among other things.

For an organisational leader, this could be as complex as chalking out sales plans, budget planning, training schedules, and a thousand different decisions that need his attention.

2. Imagination Is A Superpower

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination!”
– Albert Einstein

For a leader to execute unconventional ideas, creativity and imagination play a vital role. Kush happens to be an extremely creative kid. Once, he used two of his bi-cycles to create a fully functional bike!

Leaders, often need to use out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems. Thus, imagination is a pivotal skill for any leader to master.

3. With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

Over the years, I have seen Kush take on a host of unsaid responsibilities. He started off by helping his father with their provisional store. And when his mom took to bed due to an illness, he even helped with the domestic responsibilities. He even finds time to taking care of stray animals around. He has grown up to be a fine young man, indeed.

How does this translate into what a leader does? A leader also takes on multiple responsibilities – of his team; from enabling them, training them, to providing them with the required tools and resources to accomplish any given project.

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4. Be Prepared To Go The Extra Mile

Lik every other Indian neighbourhood, Gully cricket is a common occurrence in our society. I have often played along Kush. He is a very sharp batsman. He practices regularly, and never shies away from asking for guidance. He also challenges people often – to see whose better skilled at the game. Over time, he has managed to hon his skills and continues to do the same, even now. He is also the opening batsman for our team.

Leadership is also about taking few steps extra, going that extra mile. Leaders needs to constantly challenge themselves and his team, enabling a healthy learning environment.

Kush doesn’t know that I am writing something about him. I think it’ll make him happy to have his qualities discussed in such a positive light. I hope it further encourages him to do better, be better, and continue to inspire everyone around him.

Do you have a Kush in your life? What have they taught you? Join the conversation!

 

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