I’ve got three girls, all under six years’ old. Dora the Explorer is a staple in our house. Irrespective of what you think about Dora and her friends Boots, Backpack and Map, you have to admit that Dora is a treasure trove of leadership lessons – not just for young kids, but for entrepreneurs too.
1. Dora Explores
Dora is unafraid of venturing out in the world with the goal to make a wrong all right and solve any problems at hand.
Lesson: People look to leaders to show the way and set out on paths that others might not take.
2. I’m the One You Need to Know. I’m the Map.
Dora always consults her map to plan her path before setting off.
Lesson: Leaders draft a plan – even a small one – before venturing into unknown territory. What’s your plan?
3. Anything that you might need, I’ve got inside for you.
Dora is able to reach into her trusty friend Backpack to help pull out the perfect tool to get her over a river, up a hill or anything else that is in her way.
Lesson: Leaders hone their breadth of skills and develop experience so that they call rely on them when needed.
4. Swiper, No Swiping, Part 1
Dora rallies her team against adversity, encouraging all to yell, “Swiper, no swiping!” against that sneaky old fox who’s always trying to foil their plans.
Lesson: Gather your team against tough times for a better chance to overcome obstacles.
5. Swiper, No Swiping, Part 2
When Swiper proves successful, Dora remains unruffled, working to solve the problem to get things back on course.
Lesson: In the face of a set back, leaders remain calm and refer to experience and protocol to get them through.
6. We did it!
At the end of every great achievement, Dora celebrates her successes, singing and dancing the “We did it!” song.
Lesson: Leaders pat themselves and their team on the back when they’ve done something great.
7. What did you like best?
Dora always asks “What did you like best?” at the end of her adventures.
Lesson: Post-mortems are important. Leaders reflect on past projects and note both the good and the bad (but mostly the good) for future reference.
What simple things are you doing to lead your business and your team?