Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids
By- Eric Franklin
In “Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids”, entrepreneur, speaker, author, management consultant and parent Eric Franklin has assembled a wealth of wisdom that has stuck with him like peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. One by one, you can serve up spoonfuls of Peanut Butter Principles to the youth in your life and make a profound impact to help them grow into confident, intelligent, and successful adults and leaders who make good choices, build healthy relationships, and cultivate another generation of leaders.
And here is an Excerpt from Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids
27 |“Learn to follow, to learn, to lead,
and to serve—in that order.”
Some people say that great leaders are born. While I believe that certain personality traits can be inherited, I don’t believe in natural-born leaders. Leadership skills can and must be cultivated in order to become ingrained and effective in the long-term. As far as I know, scientists have not located a particular gene that is linked to leadership.
If you subscribe to the theory of emotional intelligence—which I do—you recognize that successful leaders share certain traits: self-awareness, empathy, self-control, motivation, and social skills. These characteristics distinguish them from managers. Just because you can tell people what to do doesn’t make you a good leader. It simply means you’re a taskmaster. There’s a big difference between managing and leading. Supervising isn’t leading. That’s herding. Leadership means people follow willingly because they believe in you, not because they are tethered to you in some way. Yes, employees will “obey”, but if they don’t respect you, they are merely bowing to your will, not supporting your vision.
A person who wants to be a good leader needs to follow a particular progression of learning: learn to follow, to learn, to lead, and then to serve. You can’t skip any step in this process. There are no shortcuts. Nor can you jump around.
About the Author-
Eric Franklin, Entrepreneur and Author of Peanut Butter Principles: 47 Leadership Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids Eric Franklin had his first taste of leadership during a summer job when at age 16, he was appointed supervisor to over 200 peer employees at his local amusement park. He has been on a mentoring roller coaster ride ever since. Although Eric has held a multitude of distinguished positions over the years and is currently CEO/owner of several successful businesses that operate across the U.S., his core values are as basic to the soul as a peanut butter sandwich is to a hungry appetite.
Eric's formal education has earned him a Bachelor's degree in biology from Hampton University and a Master's in procurement and acquisitions from Webster University. His family and community have been the most influential in imparting upon him the character traits that have enabled him to be so successful.
When Eric isn't busy with writing, business coaching and running several businesses, his ideal scenario for a day would be he, his wife and 3 kids, eating fresh seafood on a tropical island, with of course,the family dog and cat close at hand. An accomplished musician, Eric would end the day by playing a few of his favorite music selections on the piano. Eric also enjoys the simple things in life, like peanut butter.
Eric is a staunch advocate for STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) education and serves on the Southern Maryland Higher Education Council. However, Eric is concerned that with the increased technical proficiency of our students, basic character and life principles are not being taught. He sought to develop resources would be embraced by parents and other mentors and shared with the young people in their lives to ensure a firm foundation for the next generation of great leaders.