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3 things I’ve learned from being the oldest child that I can apply at work

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    Abigail Leffler
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    Ha ha ha ha love it!

    Should all managers be older siblings? :-)

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    Ragnhild Jonasdottir
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    @... - great question! I do believe we may be subjected to reprimands if we starrt screening people for that :D Also I would say that there are many great leadership qualities that can be seen in youngest and middle children as well :D

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    Krisztina Kursinszki

    Nice one Ranghild! :)  Interesting to hear your point of view. I am a middle child and I would say that our dynamic differs a lot from the above. I often find myself in the role of the eldest sibling actually.

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    Mariana Cañavera H.
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    Hi Ragnhild Jonasdottir!

    Thanks for sharing this insightful post with us. From my experience as the youngest of three siblings (I have two older brothers), I recognize that the Conflict resolution skill has been well developed by my older brother. About the project management one, I must say, I'm the project manager in my family. So, that's the only discrepancy I see there with my personal experience.

    On the other hand, as the youngest one or just in general if you have siblings, you will learn how to work as a team. Whether it was to reach out the candies jar from the highest place or to convince your parents to buy you the new PlayStation 1, you must work as a team with your siblings.

    Also, another skill I developed a lot was creativity and problem-solving, basically, you become an autodidact. As the youngest, you have to find ways to create your own path, as sometimes your older siblings will not teach you some skills you want or simply you just want to do something they don't. For example, I learned how to bike by myself, and first than my two brothers 🚲.

    Now, I'm wondering what the middle children would say 😄

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    Ragnhild Jonasdottir
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    Krisztina Kursinszki - Thank you! And very interesting. Like I said theres no "research" done behind this article so not surprised that you identify with the skills I described. However, there are traits generally attributed to different types of siblings. For example I would like to claim that middle children are often incredible mediators which would probably also mean they are good at solving conflicts :D 

    @... - You are so right about the team work! I have a friend whos an only child and they said it took them longer to learn for one the concept of sharing as well as team work. Since they up until school mainly dealt with themselves. 

    Also I do believe you are on to something with the creativity and problemsolving in the youngest children. I would say my youngest sister definetly has that quality - she also has the pleasure of learning from her older sisters mistakes, which is an advantage (maybe unfair) :D

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