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Children Believe. What Happens When We Don't?

Dr. Foster Mobley // Quotables

As millions of children breathlessly await the arrival of Santa Claus, parents are debatingthe pros and cons of letting the kids believe in Saint Nick. Some think we should tell the truth; they argue that teaching children to believe in things that can't be seen, heard or felt handicaps them later in life. I disagree. In fact, we big kids could stand to believe a little more in things unseen - things like trust, commitment, character, possibility. While a leader never serves by lowering standards, your belief in the unseen can encourage others' growth. That's inspiring. That's the kind of rare gift anyone would like to find under the tree. What's holding you back from believing in, and inspiring others to their full greatness?

As millions of children breathlessly await the arrival of Santa Claus, parents are debating the pros and cons of letting the kids believe in Saint Nick. Some think we should tell the truth; they argue that teaching children to believe in things that can't be seen, heard or felt handicaps them later in life.

I disagree. In fact, we big kids could stand to believe a little more in things unseen - things like trust, commitment, character, possibility. While a leader never serves by lowering standards, your belief in the unseen can encourage others' growth. That's inspiring. That's the kind of rare gift anyone would like to find under the tree.

What's holding you back from believing in, and inspiring others to their full greatness?

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Trusted advisor and coach to admired executives globally for 3 decades, Thought leader on wisdom-based approaches to breakthrough leading, "Lead Coach" for Deloitte's experienced and high potential leader development, Team performance advisor to two NCAA championship teams