Today, my oldest grandson, Josiah, starts preschool. This is a big day for him and maybe an even bigger day for his mom. Last night I got this text from my daughter:
“Just so u have it on your calendar, Josiah’s preschool graduation is May 24th next year @9:00. They do cap and gowns. I’m going to bawl.”
I was just adjusting to him going to his first day of preschool and now I am envisioning him in a cap and gown. So, after the text, I put the date on my calendar and thought about today, about life, and about leadership.
Whether you are a parent sending a child off to preschool, middle school, or college, or a leader with a team of moms (and dads), your child’s first day of school is packed full of emotions.4 Lessons for Parents & Leaders as School Starts on www.SelmaWilson.com! Click To Tweet
A few leadership principles for today:
Celebrate the opportunity to learn and grow both for your children and for yourself. What new learning tools are in your backpack? Keep growing as a leader.
2. Let Go
Letting go is part of life and it is essential that we learn to do that with our children at different stages of their lives. It is also necessary on the teams we lead. Children will grow up and leave home. People will come and go. Let them go with your blessing and with joy.
It’s okay to be emotional today. Our emotions are a gift from God and bring color to our lives. Especially today, have your emotional antennae up. Maybe today is a good day to do the informal leadership – walk around and hear the stories of those on your team who have a child starting school.
Give your children to God. He created them in His image (Genesis1:27) and He has the plans for them (Jeremiah 29:11).
The story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1-2 has always inspired me. Her prayer is a good prayer to pray over your children:
“I prayed for this boy, and since the Lord gave me what I asked for, I now give the boy to the Lord. For as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28
As a leader, pray Psalm 90:12 over your team today:
“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.”