- The most important quality to teens is authenticity. If they don’t believe you are being authentic, you won’t be able to reach them and they won’t be open to counsel.
- This leads to the next point that goes against the old adage “do as I say not as I do” we all heard growing up. Teens will MODEL how you act regardless of what you say. OUCH! If we choose them to be leaders, if we choose our female children, grandchildren etc. to own their earned value, we must model that same behavior. When what we say and how we act aren’t in agreement, they will default to our behavior. What are you modeling?
- The earned-value-based issues reside in the same place for teens as they do for us as working adults … the space between our ears. You must be aware and control the messages you are sending to yourself. If you do this, you are 90% there.
- Female teenagers must be validated as equal to men. They must be told they are leaders, given the opportunity to dream bigger than they are currently, and must be surrounded by other smart, powerful women.
So I leave you with this, what are you doing to positively influence the next generation of women? What messages are or aren’t you sending them? Do you find yourself messaging differently to them than the boys in your life? As a mother of a smart, beautiful and incredibly witty teenage daughter, I know I will continue to be on guard to ensure I’m expanding her world rather than shrinking it.
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Carry on, Olenka – you are an inspiration to ALL women!
As American capitalists, we are beaming with pride that a young female Russian has taken her place in global business!