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Want to Raise Kids Who Will Someday Become Great Leaders? Science Says This Approach Matters Most

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Great teams, and great companies, are built by great leaders.

That’s why Google devoted considerable time identifying the key behaviors of its best team managers, research that allows the company to determine if someone is a great leader in less than five minutes.

So how can you help your kids learn to become leaders? (After all, as Inc. colleague Bill Murphy writes, there comes a time in some people’s lives when their aspirations for their children begin to rival or even exceed their aspirations for themselves.)

And, by extension, how can you help your employees become better formal and informal leaders?

For one thing, tell them they might fail; research shows providing too much encouragement can make achievement less likely. For another, delay specialization: Research shows early career “specializers” jump out to an earnings lead after college, but that later “specializers” made up for the head start by finding work that better fits their skills and personalities. 

Most importantly, give them a lot more rope.

In a 2019 study published in Journal of Applied Psychology, researchers assessed the leadership potential of over 1,500 teenagers. They surveyed peers, teachers, and parents to evaluate whether each individual was seen as a good leader. They identified the individuals who actively participated in leadership roles. They measured each person’s level of self-esteem and confidence in taking on leadership roles. 

And they asked the teens questions like, “My parents often stepped in to solve life problems for me,” and, “Growing up, my parents supervised my every move.” 

You can probably guess the outcome: Kids with overprotective parents were perceived by other people to have less leadership potential.


And, since how people perceive us often influences how we behave, were less likely to actually be in leadership roles.

Clearly correlation is at play. Research shows people with overprotective parents tend to have lower self-esteem, and are less likely to seek leadership roles. But the affect is also causal. Other research shows that teams tend to choose charismatic, confident, extroverted people as their leaders. People who are perceived as less confident and outgoing are also less likely to be chosen for leadership roles, even if they might have excelled in those roles if given — or if they took — the chance. 

Put it all together, and kids with overprotective parents are less likely to seek leadership roles — and their teachers and peers are less likely to select them for leadership roles.

Which means — since great leaders are made, not born — they don’t get to learn how to be better leaders.

The Problem With Micromanaging

Children of parents who are overly attentive, overly protective, and tend to do things for their kids rather than expecting their kids to tackle appropriate tasks and situations on their own are at a disadvantage later in life. Since they rarely get to try, they tend to develop fewer problem-solving skills. Their sense of independence, autonomy, and responsibility tends to be lower. 

So does the odds they will step into formal or informal leadership roles; after all, if I don’t feel capable of “leading” myself, why would I think I can lead other people?

The same holds true for your employees. Micromanage and you stifle your employees’ sense of responsibility, authority, and autonomy. Step in whenever there’s a problem and you limit your employees’ ability to apply their own skills and creativity.

If your employees agree with statements like, “My boss often steps in to solve problems for me,” and “My boss directs my every move,” then you’re an overprotective leader.

Sure, issues may get fixed more quickly. And people may be more likely to do things exactly the way you want.

But that means your employees miss out on opportunities to become better formal and informal leaders. They miss out on opportunities to make — and learn from — making important decisions. They miss out on opportunities to motivate and inspire other people. They miss out on opportunities to take swift, decisive action, and learn from the result.


In short, they miss out on the opportunity to become better employees.

Give your kids a little more rope. Give your employees a little more rope. 

They — and you — will someday be glad you did.

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Exclusive: Rezonate raises $8.7M and launches its cloud identity protection platform out of stealth –




Rezonate raises $8.7M and launches its cloud identity protection platform out of stealth

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Rezonate, a Boston- and Tel Aviv-based startup that offers an agent-less cloud identity protection platform that aims to help DevOps teams minimize attackers’ opportunities to breach cloud identity and access, is coming out of stealth today and announcing an $8.7 million seed funding round, led by State of Mind Ventures and Flybridge, with participation from toDay Ventures, Merlin Ventures and a number of angel investors.

Founded in January 2022, Rezonate is part of a group of modern identity and access management (IAM) startups that aim to modernize the current state of affairs in this space, which is struggling to meet the demands of modern cloud infrastructure systems. This shift is creating new attack surfaces, especially as enterprises move to the cloud — and more dynamic infrastructure systems — at an ever-increasing rate. The number of security breaches stemming from issues with identity and access management is already on the rise. Indeed, Gartner expects that by 2023, “75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges.”

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Co-founder and CEO Roy Akerman was previously the head of the Israeli Cyberdefense Operations, while Rezonate co-founder and CTO Ori Amiga previously led R&D for this unit. Both received the Medal of Honor for their contributions to Israel’s National Security.

“The rapidly-changing cloudscape together with the proliferation of human and machine identities requires a different approach,” said Akerman. “Modern infrastructures require a precise and nimble way to outsmart attackers. One that prioritizes cloud identities and access at its core and is constantly adapting to current dynamics over yesterday’s snapshots and, for the first time, gives defenders and builders the means to act confidently.”

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Rezonate promises to discover all of a company’s cloud and identity providers and the corresponding access privileges of its employees. The platform automatically detects security gaps and abnormal access attempts in real time. Rezonate promises that within minutes of deploying its solution, its platform can identify cloud identity and access risks and provide guidance for remediating them, or even automatically remove access and terminate sessions.

At the core of all of this is what Rezonate calls its ‘Identity Storyline,’ which aims to provide DevOps and security teams with a context-rich dashboard that helps them understand the security risk across a company’s cloud estate. With this, users get an easy-to-read dashboard that clearly lays out what kind of access every user has — and where there are potential issues.


“The fact that in just ten months from our first line of code we already have active customers, solving key gaps daily, affirms the criticality of the cloud identity and access issue. In a cloud world where everything is changing all of the time, DevOps teams need a solution as dynamic and automated as the infrastructure they need to protect is,” said Amiga.

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Building a Prospecting Motion: How to Outreach Like a Pro

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The core responsibility of business development is to generate a pipeline of new business opportunities. For teams looking to close new customers, this work is indispensable.


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5 things to know before the stock market opens Tuesday

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), December 5, 2022.

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Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day:

1. Rough start

Stocks got off on the wrong foot this week with an ugly selloff Monday as investors weighed strong new economic data that stoked worries of sustained rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. The Dow dropped more than 480 points, while the S&P 500 declined 1.79% and the Nasdaq fell 1.93%. When it meets next week, the Fed’s policy-setting committee is expected to raise its benchmark rate by half a percentage point, which is less than the three-quarter-point hikes of the past few months but still sizable. Smith & Wesson and Stitch Fix earnings are set to hit after the bell Tuesday. Read live market updates here.

2. Salesforce slumps

Bret Taylor, co-chief executive officer of Inc., right, and Marc Benioff, co-chief executive officer of Inc., wear rabbit ears during a keynote at the 2022 Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.

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3. Most Ford dealers sign up for EV plan

4. Biden touts Arizona chip investment

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks prior to signing railroad legislation into law, providing a resoluton to avert a nationwide rail shutdown, during a signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 2, 2022. 

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5. Russia ratchets up missile attacks

A building burns after shelling in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, on December 4, 2022, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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And one more thing …

Actress Kirstie Alley

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