Leaders and the 8 ages of man: 10

Erikson’s theory provides a significant paradigm for understanding ourselves as we move through the different stages of life.

According to Erikson, each of the eight stages has certain developmental tasks or goals that we need to complete. These tasks are necessary for us to move on to the next stage of development.

The goal of this video series is to take a look at leaders and how they can contribute to the growth of their followers by creating the right environment that will help them become who they are meant to be.

Great leaders grow leaders. As a leader, you can help young leaders mature into the leaders they are called to be by understanding the developmental goals of each stage of life and how to facilitate the achievement of those goals.

In the third stage of our development, the pre-school phase, our developmental goal is initiative. It is important to note that these developmental goals are innate, not something that is taught to us by our parents or caretakers. Initiative is a developmental goal that lives within us.

In the preschool phase, children between the ages of three and six are learning to walk, run, touch, taste, and explore the world around them. They take initiative in their actions without being told what to do.

As a leader, it is essential to understand that fostering initiative in your team is critical to their growth and development. Encourage your team members to take the initiative, explore new ideas, and take on new challenges without being prompted. Create an environment where taking risks and making mistakes are seen as learning opportunities, not failures.

By nurturing initiative in your team, you can help them achieve their developmental goals and grow into the leaders they are meant to be.

So, as a question to ponder, in what stage of human development are you?

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