Eight Vital Skills

The Southern gentleman is the primary focus of Confederate Colonel. A major part of that is an emphasis on the importance of leadership (see the Lessons in Leadership series). With that said, we need to understand that we are not just talking about the present. We are also talking about the future. It is the responsibility and duty of each generation to teach the next generation. It is the responsibility of the Southern gentleman and Southern lady to teach their children and grandchildren the skills necessary for leadership, as well as the culture of The Old South.

The Survival Mom blog is part of my daily reading. She recently had a post titled, “8 Vital skills to teach your children that will trump an Ivy League education” . This is a must-read post for anyone interested in providing future generations with the skills they will need to succeed in life. Here are the main points:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Creating a vision
  3. Setting and achieving goals
  4. Courage in the face of opposition
  5. Confidence
  6. Ability to encourage others
  7. Honesty
  8. Decision making

This was, of course, never intended to be an all-inclusive list – it is a way to shift our thought process away from what is just a current trend and toward those timeless skills that will always be in demand. I have just outlined the main points here. Survival Mom includes concrete examples of how to instill these skills in your children and grandchildren. Be sure to read the full post. Once you start thinking this way, I am sure you will come up with your own skills to add to this list. When you do, please post a reply and share your ideas along with ways to teach those skills.

About Stephen Clay McGehee

Born-Again Christian, Grandfather, husband, business owner, Southerner, aspiring Southern Gentleman. Publisher of The Confederate Colonel and The Southern Agrarian blogs. President/Owner of Adjutant Workshop, Inc., Vice President - Gather The Fragments Bible Mission, Inc. (Sierra Leone, West Africa), Webmaster - Military Order of The Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel.
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2 Responses to Eight Vital Skills

  1. Zorro says:

    I think you mean “courage in the face of opposition.”

  2. Right you are, sir! Thank you for the correction.

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