Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Leadership Garden Legacy

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Developing leadership qualities in our children is certainly a priority for us. I was excited to hear that Leadership Garden Legacy had created a set of books and lesson for families. We received the following physical books:

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-The Leadership Garden Guidebook
This book is also written for the teenager or parent.

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-U.N.I.Q.U.E. KIDS Activity Guide & My Leadership Garden Journal
The Guide and Journal are written for grades 3-5.

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Grades 3-5

-U.N.I.Q.U.E. Growing the Leader Within Audio Book
This book is written for teenagers and adults. 

I began my review by reading the book, U.N.I.Q.U.E.: Growing the Leader Within. I wanted to get an idea of what my kids would be learning. The story is a fable or an allegory that follows the main character, Hugh. Hugh is a lamb who has been scared away from his flock. On his journey, he meets Leda, a gardener who teaches him about planting and maintaining his leadership garden. In this metaphor, the garden is your leadership life and the seeds you plant are your actions. You must be sure to prune and weed your garden of bad stuff. The bad stuff are the thoughts and feelings we allow ourselves to believe.

For our lessons,  I would read a chapter to my kids and then we would find the activity to go along with it. Some of the lessons were fun, like researching the meaning of our names. However, the Leader Balance Inventory left my kids stumped. They could not figure out how or why they were asked to rank if they say, "I think," or, "I should." The concept of synergy was very confusing for my 8 and 10 year old. My kids had a hard time sticking with the metaphor through each chapter.

I tried a few of the activities in the Leadership Garden Guidebook but I would quit a lesson before I finished. I am not good at analyzing my thoughts, feelings, actions, etc. This could just be me, but I didn't see the reason for doing these things. Thus, I had a very hard time pulling those things out of my kids. 

The series states that it wants to cultivate the following:
  • not being judgmental
  • not enabling
  • being empathetic
  • pruning gossip
  • eliminating blame
  • eradicating victimization

While I believe these are excellent and important concepts to cultivate, it just didn't happend for us with these books. I think this book might be good for a family that is looking for a secular approach to developing leadership skills. I felt like the concepts presented were too far from our beliefs.

To find out more information, take a look at the FAQ section.

If you are interested in purchasing the bundle, Leadership Garden Legace is offering you a Spring Special Discount of 20% the Empowerment Tools.

To receive the discount, enter the code TOS-SS20D at checkout. The offer is good until 5-31-13
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