I recently published an article in HuffPost Titled “A Father’s Advice: Run Your Race.” It contains advice that I gave my own children in discussing the recent ugly and hate filled events in Charlottesville and Phoenix. My advice is to be mindful of what’s going on but focus on running your own race.
As a man, especially a black man, I am programmed to be the hunter and gatherer for my family. This means that my traditional role would be to work and to bring home the “bacon” for my family. For the majority of my life, I did just that. I had a successful career in management and, together with my wife, provided a very comfortable lifestyle for our family. However, success comes with a cost. Continue reading “Three Keys to Parent Leadership”
This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on November 30, 2016.
Like all working parents, I have sometimes struggled with balancing my responsibilities to an employer versus my responsibilities as a parent; however, make no mistake – my responsibilities as a parent will always come first. Like most men, I initially assumed my role in life was to be a provider for my family. When I looked at various career fields, my primary criteria was potential income instead of where I could best serve. After college and a tour of duty in the military, I started my career in the technology field and quickly rose through the ranks. Soon I was in management with ever increasing levels of responsibility. From the outside, I was on a very successful career path but on the inside, I was searching for my purpose. I was successful as a manager but had yet to learn the true meaning of leadership. Continue reading “4 Ways That Becoming a Parent Made Me a Better Leader”