The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Leadership Edition

One area I’ve been reading about quite a bit lately is leadership. How does a person who is a bit on the introverted side and is scared of leading a social group actually leap across that chasm and lead a community organization?

I’ve been reading a pile of books by John Maxwell and other such authors and I’ve mostly come to three conclusions. First, candor is almost always the best route and always the way you should go when in doubt. Second, never do anything that you wouldn’t want the people you’re leading to do. Third, never make a decision that you can’t explain (although there are situations where there is private information involved, you still should be able to completely explain why you’re making a decision).

Why leadership? It’s a personal frontier I feel like I still have difficulty crossing at times. I feel as though I’m a weak leader in group situations and I’d like to amend that.

Future Financial Literacy Is In The Hands Of Parents Exactly. Financial literacy is in my hands, because the schools don’t really teach it and, also, my children use me as their biggest source for learning life skills. If you’re a parent, it’s up to you to teach your kids how to manage their money. (@ canadian finance blog)

Is It Better to Learn About Money the Hard Way? I tend to think that people who are good with their money fall into two camps. Either it was taught to them all throughout their childhood or they learned it after some sort of financial “bottoming out.” (@ totally money)

The hard part (one of them) “I did the reading.” In other words, success is really all about the hard work. (@ seth godin)

Why I Hate “New, Unique” Money Tips I don’t like them, either. Whenever a reporter asks me for one, I usually just respond with “save money on HOT_NEW_ITEM by buying VERY_SIMILAR_BUT_LESS_EXPENSIVE_ITEM,” inserting any two appropriate items that you might think of. (@ get rich slowly)