I was on the track team from eighth through twelfth grade. During that time, I learned to trust my coach, team members and myself. Since I was on several relay teams, I had to learn to both lead the baton hand-off to the right teammember at exactly the right time and within the passing area as well as receive the baton as it was passed to me. I also had to trust my teammate to ensure we had a smooth hand-off and did not drop the baton. Did my team or I ever drop the baton?
Yes, we did. It was never a good feeling to get disqualified from a race. Especially, because we were one of the fastest relay teams in our area and often won 1st Place. I eventually learned that winning wasn’t everything. It was more about encouraging the teammate that dropped the baton that day, and not criticizing them for causing us to lose the race. Also recognizing that it could have happened to me that day instead of her and that I should prepare myself for the day that it might. How would I want to be treated if it were me?
Of course, I would want to be treated with compassion and respect, as well as forgiven for my mistake. Not treated as an outcast and shunned by the team. I must say that every team member did not feel this way. They were not as forgiving as some of us. Hence, a few of us had to take on a level of leadership that was normally not expected by teenage peers. (more…)
I thought about how I might kick off this blog and realized that I really didn’t want to use any catch phrases or quotes that I had heard in the past. I really wanted to make sure that whoever read this blog understood what it really took to leave a legacy since it’s not an easy task. That way they’re equipped to immediately apply the knowledge. Well, check out the start of my List of Must Haves below. I will continue to blog about this topic as I continue to learn even more new things myself. Note that some Must Haves may show up in other blogs too.
How many of you know that we are all constantly learning and growing everyday and we never truly arrive? Most successful leaders ensure that they connect with knowledgeable people and never stop acquiring knowledge on their own. At least, they can’t if they truly want to stay ahead of their competition. You know, I really like the new feature on Facebook where you can click on the floating bubble to access a message instantly from a friend. Pretty cool!
After the death of Steve Job’s, many learned of his work ethic and innovative mind. So most now know that he was constantly innovating. Successful leaders are always thinking of the next best thing that will change the world. However, they are often misunderstood since they are normally not concerned with popularity.
Must Haves: (more…)
I would love to hear your feedback. Please reply by sending your brief comments or quotes to my blog in response to my question “What kind of leader leaves a legacy?” I look forward to hearing them!
The attached picture was taken when I was on my way to lunch one day with a friend, and there happened to be a family of ducks in the parking lot of our company. We believe that they were trying to find their way to a pond of water. So we decided that we would help ensure that they waddled safely through our busy parking lot to their destination.
Well despite our efforts to guide them, the baby ducks continued to follow their mother although she was way ahead of them. It seemed as if we did not exist to them and she was the only leader that they would follow. She never slowed down to help them, but allowed them to find their own way. At first, we thought that was a bit harsh and were doing our best to protect them from moving vehicles.