I think the most important value you can instill in your children and employees is ‘kindness,’ the most valuable personality trait to be encouraged is ‘grit,’ and the most advantageous attribute to be taught is ‘always be open to learning.’
KINDNESS is the most important value because it is at the very core of making the world (home, work, recreation) a better place. When we are kind to others, we make them feel good and we create a more positive environment for everyone. Kindness also leads directly to other vital positive outcomes, such as increased cooperation and productivity. And when you are kind to others I promise you will feel better about yourself.
GRIT is an essential personality trait because it equips us to bounce back from failure and adversity. Setbacks are viewed as learning opportunities rather than insurmountable barriers, which can help us to adapt and grow in the face of challenges. Gritty individuals tend to be more open to feedback and actively seek ways to improve. This growth mindset can lead to ongoing personal and professional development.
ALWAYS BE OPEN TO LEARNING is essential because it allows us to grow and develop. The world is constantly changing, and if we want to keep up, we need to be willing to learn new things. A willingness to learn also makes us more adaptable and resilient. When we are open to new ideas, we are better able to deal with change and unexpected challenges.
Instilling these values in children and employees will help them to become more successful and fulfilled individuals. And just as significant it will foster positive change in our communities, our workplaces, and the world at large.
Here are some specific suggestions for teaching children and employees these values:
- Model the behavior you want to see. Children and employees learn by watching the adults and leaders in their lives. If you want them to be kind, gritty, and open to learning, make sure you are demonstrating these qualities yourself.
- Provide opportunities for practice. Everyone need opportunities to practice kindness, grit, and a willingness to learn. This could involve volunteering, participating in sports, or taking on new challenges at school and at work, without the fear of failure looming.
- Give positive reinforcement. When children and employees demonstrate kindness, grit, or a willingness to learn, be sure to praise them. This will help them to understand the importance of these values and to continue to develop them. This seems simple, and perhaps unnecessary from the “employee/work” perspective… but please DO NOT overlook the importance and value.
- Be patient. It takes time to develop these values. Don’t get discouraged if children or employees don’t always get it right. Just keep modeling the behavior you want to see and providing opportunities for practice.
Foster an environment for children and employees that encourages the development of the values of kindness, grit, and a willingness to learn. These values will serve them well throughout their lives… and they will empower stronger commitment and community at home and in the workplace.