Imitating a leader..!
Unsure of their table manners, the guests decided to imitate the president. They watched closely to see which utensils he used, what foods he ate and when. Their strategy seemed to succeed until coffee was served. Coolidge poured some coffee into his saucer. They did the same. He added sugar and cream. His guests did, too. Then the president bent over and put his saucer on the floor for the cat!
Like Coolidge’s hometown guests, we, too, seem to learn best by imitation. Kids learn by observing parents when they are young, and by copying their peers as they grow older. In fact, parents should probably be less concerned about whether their children are paying attention to them and more worried about the fact that their kids are always watching.
They tell us that adults learn in much the same way. If you’re struggling with your computer or want to learn to drive a car, you will be more successful if you have someone show you how to do it. You can always read the operator’s manual and try to figure everything out yourself, but you will learn best by watching others and asking questions.
What if you want to become more self confident, to organize your life, to be a better parent or to get along better with others? Again, we’retold that the best way to learn these skills and attitudes is to find somebody who already is confident, or who is an effective parent or who has healthy attitudes and then mimic the traits you want to adopt.
It is the easiest and quickest way to shape your life. Just about any personality trait or skill can be learned: simply find it in someone you know and copy it. Then watch what happens. All this learning and imitating puts a huge responsibility on the person who is being followed and also the followers. It could happen to you in the same way that happened to those who imitated President Coolidge and you could end up looking like a fool. So be wise about whom you decide to follow or imitate. I see this when people follow a guru or religious leader, and find later he has feet of clay.
It also puts a responsibility on the person who is being watched. As a parent you lead by example. Every moment is an imitating moment for your children. The husband who beats his wife doesn’t need to look far to find from whom he learnt the trait; generally from father or uncle. So be careful whom you follow, and be wise when others follow you..!