How My Kindergarten Teacher Ruined Me as a Leader…and How I Fixed It

My kindergarten teacher ruined me as a leader for nearly twenty-five years.

It’s not her fault. She meant well when she told me in class one day that if I brought cookies to class, I must bring enough for everyone. I’d only brought a few extra for my friends.

She meant well when she essentially said, “what you do for one, you must do for all.” But that is terrible leadership advice.
Kindergarten Leadership “What you do for one, you must do for all” might work in kindergarten, but it’s terrible leadership advice. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

At an early age I learned that if I could not do for all, then I should do for none.

Why should only a few friends get to enjoy a cookie along with me when the others must suffer in salivating agony? The problem was that I could not afford, at the age of five, to buy cookies for twenty kids. I barely had enough to buy the few that I bought.