Leadership, Gifts, and Competing in Order to Stand Out
Hi! I'm Dr. Tom Meylan, and I'm the author of the Be the boss by 12 series. I want to talk to you about a chapter in Parents' Prep where we go into the notion of reality checks. And the most important reality check that we want you to have in mind as your child grows is the reality of competition in their everyday life, probably even starting now.
The reason why we want to make being the boss a part of your gifted kid's life is that being the boss is a social skill; it's an emotion-based social skill. It's a skill that people in your child's class are already responding to. If we can convince your child to take on characteristics of the boss now, while they're young, they'll have four, or five, or six years to develop the habits that leaders need as they grow into adulthood. So, we want to get an early start on this “being the boss business” and the competitive issues that being the boss can solve.
Now, in addition to being the boss for their own sakes, to promote their gifts, or their careers, or whatever, we're also thinking in larger terms. See, the government right now needs some gifted and talented people in it. Most of the large corporations in America also need gifted and talented leadership at the helm. There's a lot of crazy stuf going on; dumb mistakes being made; large scale harm being done, 'cause the people in government don't know how to handle those affairs. Some gifted and talented people in those larger scale positions could make a real big difference for the rest of us.
So, competition is important in getting elected. Competition is important in rising to the top of an organization. And, being the boss provides the skills that make those competitive skills work for your child.