Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a good leader? I think we all have wondered this at times, right? The interesting thing, everything we need to know about being a good leader we actually learned in kindergarten.

Then what happened? How did we lose all those valuable lessons, or did we not loose them we just complicated and forgot how to apply them? Either way, I thought it might be a good idea to refresh your memory a bit and have you rethink what you learned so many years ago in kindergarten.

The other awesome thing is that wisdom and good leadership techniques were not at the top of the graduate-school summit, but right there in the sand box with your friends.

Here are the lessons:

  1. Make sure that you share everything, it’s not yours anyway, God just gave it to you as a gift.
  2. Play fair.
  3. Don’t beat up or hit other kids.
  4. Put things back where you found them.
  5. Clean up your own mess.
  6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  7. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
  8. Wash your hands before you eat.
  9. Flush.
  10. Speak up.
  11. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you!
  12. Live a balanced life — learn some and think some and draw and point and sing and dance and play.
  13. Take a nap every afternoon.
  14. Don’t burn yourself out.
  15. Slow down and don’t run in the halls.
  16. Take your time.
  17. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
  18. Look for the wonder and beauty in the world.
  19. Everything dies and that is OK. Goldfish, hamsters, and even us.
  20. Look ahead and watch where you are going or you could end up on the ground.

Everything you need to know to be a good leader is in there somewhere – and it’s put in the simplest of terms too. Have we just complicated thing’s to the point of no understanding? Funny how we actually get dumper as we grow up.

If you look, you will see everything; the Golden Rule, love , Jesus, basic sanitation, beauty, justice, peace, knowledge, equality, and all things that make up good leaders.

Think what a better world it would be if all leaders reflected on what they learned so many years ago. Oh, and it would be awesome if the whole world had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then laid down with our blankies for a nap!

The greatest lesson of all? When going out into the world we should always hold hands, stick together and love one another as thy self.



What simple leadership lessons did you learn in kindergarten that help you to be a good leader?