I'm thinking about the team of people I work with every day. Thinking about the challenges we face, the decisions I make, and the role the team plays in executing those decisions. And I'm thinking about the young leaders all around me who are watching, and learning, not only from what I say; but more importantly from what I do.
Now I'm jumping ahead ten years. I'm imagining one of those staff members in a leadership class, and the facilitator is asking them to think about the most effective leader they've ever worked with. Who was it that supported them to try new things? Who accepted them for who they were as a person? Who allowed them to fail, learn, and move ahead? Who really made a difference in their life? Who inspired them?
Will I be the one that pops into their mind?
Think about your team. When they are asked the same questions, will they think of you?
Be the one.
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