I ran into a friend who started working for a new company since I last saw her a year ago. Her job puts her in contact with leaders from several
departments regularly.

Her conversation with me was all about what she was observing about the difference in leadership styles and the effect they were having not only on
her ability to perform the tasks of her job, but also on her emotional well-being.

As a mother, she was comparing their styles of operation to the life skills and lessons that she was trying to impress on her teenage son daily.
Unfortunately, she was discouraged by the kind of leadership that she has to sit under. The more she talked, the more interested I became in her
analogy to getting her teenager to move toward adulthood and acting like a grown up and the leaders she was faced with daily.

I thought about the kind of leadership we are seeing today in all areas of life and about the life lessons that were impressed on me growing up.
Being a parent and a former teacher, I am familiar with the lessons that are still being impressed upon our young people today and wonder how much
impact the models of leadership they see are having on them.

As I began to focus on the basic lessons that are important as teens develop in to grownups, three things kept ringing true.

1. You Don’t Have to Respond to Everything Bad Someone Says About You

In other words, sometimes you just have to ignore what people say. With the popularity of social media, in particular Twitter, we are seeing
leaders in every arena “clapping back” at every remark harder and faster. Just the opposite of what we are trying to teach our budding young adults
to do. Real leadership requires a higher skill level around managing feelings, triggers and reactions. People are often unhappy sitting under the
leadership of a person who doesn’t know how to walk away or who just cannot let a remark go unanswered.

2. Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You

The golden rule which exists in a similar form in almost every culture and language is still something that is taught starting in childhood. The best leaders who create climates where people feel respected and cared about are those where leaders live by this rule. These leaders don’t name-call, scream, berate and intimidate their staff in order to get them to fear them and produce more. They know that the very things that they hate being done to them are the things that will cause resentment, dissatisfaction and a desire to leave the company.

3. Keep Your Word

Your word is your bond. It is all you really have. It is still a principle that sets leadership apart. In order to adhere to this principle, a leader has to be discerning. They have to think hard about what they want to give their word to because people will remember. Leadership that inspires loyalty and high productivity begins and ends with a leader who keeps their word to their team, their followers and their loved ones. Yes, leaders who understand that these days when the world can follow your every move, the separation between business and personal is getting smaller and smaller, don’t save principled behavior just for the office.

As more businesses reap the results of ineffective leadership, it seems to be turning out that childhood lessons aren’t just for childhood.

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Praise for Lynne

Lynne is a supreme communicator…

"Lynne is a supreme communicator, exceptional facilitator, and she meets every situation with a perfect combination of keen intellect and...

 - Achim Nowak, International Authority on Leadership Presence, Author, Speaker, C-Suite Coach, President of INFLUENS

2015-05-19T13:23:08+00:00

 - Achim Nowak, International Authority on Leadership Presence, Author, Speaker, C-Suite Coach, President of INFLUENS

"Lynne is a supreme communicator, exceptional facilitator, and she meets every situation with a perfect combination of keen intellect and a big, open heart. I have learned so much from her!"

Lynne is a force for change!

“Ms. Lynne Maureen Hurdle is more than a trainer. She is a dynamic, transformational professional who has the gift of...

- Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant, Director, Undergraduate Field Learning Program NYU Silver School of Social Work, Former Director of Inwood House

2015-02-04T17:02:03+00:00

- Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant, Director, Undergraduate Field Learning Program NYU Silver School of Social Work, Former Director of Inwood House

“Ms. Lynne Maureen Hurdle is more than a trainer. She is a dynamic, transformational professional who has the gift of educating people not only with information but with how to apply and integrate it into their lives for maximum impact. She is a force for change!”

Most skilled group facilitators…

“For the past 13 years, The Inner Resilience Program has been fortunate to have Lynne Hurdle as one of its...

- Linda Lantieri, Director of The Inner Resilience Program & Senior Program Advisor of The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

2015-02-04T17:06:11+00:00

- Linda Lantieri, Director of The Inner Resilience Program & Senior Program Advisor of The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

“For the past 13 years, The Inner Resilience Program has been fortunate to have Lynne Hurdle as one of its trainers. Besides her vast background in social and emotional learning, conflict resolution, diversity work and contemplative teaching and learning, Lynne is one of the most skilled group facilitators I have ever seen in action. She develops a sense of caring, trust and rapport with all those she works with, both groups and individuals. Lynne is attentive to details, organization and follow through. She asks herself what is the work for her to do to be of most service to the world and shows up at the right time, in the right place with the right people.”

Creates a safe space for all participants…

“As a leader, Lynne Hurdle’s deep understanding of group process, as well as her attention to individual needs, helps create...

- Robin Stern, Ph. D., Associate Director, Special Projects, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

2015-02-04T17:07:43+00:00

- Robin Stern, Ph. D., Associate Director, Special Projects, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“As a leader, Lynne Hurdle’s deep understanding of group process, as well as her attention to individual needs, helps create a safe space for all participants. Her highly contagious positive energy and authenticity enlivens every moment. Here sincere caring, compassion and empathy for all is evident in all she does - as is her courage for tackling issues that hold people back in their own lives. Participants leave her workshops inspired, enriched with practical solutions for real life issues.”

A powerful trainer, spirited motivational speaker…

“A powerful trainer, spirited motivational speaker and program designer. For over 15 years, Lynne Maureen Hurdle has significantly enhanced the...

- Marcy May, Executive Director, Effective Alternatives in Reconciliation Services (E.A.R.S.)

2015-02-04T17:08:40+00:00

- Marcy May, Executive Director, Effective Alternatives in Reconciliation Services (E.A.R.S.)

“A powerful trainer, spirited motivational speaker and program designer. For over 15 years, Lynne Maureen Hurdle has significantly enhanced the professional outcomes for at-risk young people in our youth empowerment organization.”

Most extraordinary are the results…

"Lynne Maureen Hurdle is a master trainer who has brought Operation Respect: The “Don’t Laugh at Me Program” worldwide for...

- Mark Weiss, Director of Education for Operation Respect

2015-02-12T11:30:23+00:00

- Mark Weiss, Director of Education for Operation Respect

"Lynne Maureen Hurdle is a master trainer who has brought Operation Respect: The “Don’t Laugh at Me Program” worldwide for more than a decade, working with a wide range of educators in large and small arenas. Most extraordinary are the results. She is the best at what she does!"