AUTHORITARIAN LEADERSHIP: impact in the children development 1/3

Could short-term results justify lasting emotional consequences?

They are divided into two basic types, regarding the type of cooperation. 

They become obedient – do not resist

They become defiant – fight for their integrity

”Good kids” develop with time good (for their environment) characteristics. They behave well, please everybody, rarely express their own opinion, and have high social responsibility – all that people around them like. 

 

A personal price to pay is often (too)high:

Instead of learning all of their characteristics, ”good kids” that are exposed to strong pressure for obedience relate only to the models of behaviour that others consider good. 

Unfortunately, they are brought up in the environment where obedience is more important than developing personality. 

Because they are the way they are, adults are very generous to them:

praise them when they do something really good,

praise them when they are average,

praise them when they do not disturb,

praise them when they criticise disobedient kids,

praise them when they put themselves above others… 

They will do all it takes to be accepted.

Criticising and punishing disobedient kids, bullying and manipulations, it will all cause partial or complete giving up of one’s own opinion. 

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