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Naked Leader Week – 118 (w/c Monday 22nd August 2005)
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Leadership from a different perspective – Dorothy Nolte
Just back from a week’s camping in Woolacombe in North Devon – relaxed (beach, complete week away, great weather) and exhausted! (putting up the tent, sleeping on the ground and making tea being a major logistical exercise!).
Lots of children on the site and on the beach – amazing how many different ways people speak to their children…some awful, full of threats and appalling language, others inspiring, full of love and care.
It was one particular (positive) conversation that made me decide to send out the attached this week.
We were on the cliff railway at Lynton, about to reach the top. A mother took a photo and her daughter wanted to take the next one, however by then we were getting off and there was no time. It would have been so easy for the mother to say “No” or “No time” etc., instead, this was the exchange:
Daughter: “Mummy, I want to take a photo”
Mummy: “Yes, of course you can darling – you can take the very next one as soon as we get off”
Daughter “Thank you mummy”
This week’s NL Week is dedicated to that unknown mummy
With love to you all
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with criticism
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility
he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame
he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance
he learns to be patient.
if a child lives with encouragement
he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise
he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness
he learns justice.
If a child lives with security
he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval
he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance
and friendship he learns to
find love in the world.
by Dorothy Law Nolte (1954),