As February draws to a close, let’s reflect on the memorable occasions of the month: Valentine’s Day, when we honor those we love; Presidents’ Day, when we remember the great leaders of our country; and the Olympics, when we admire the incredible athletes of the world for their talents and discipline.
What characteristics earn your admiration and respect? What characteristics can we emulate and incorporate ourselves, in order to be great leaders and better examples to others? When I think of the great men and women in my life who have been role models for me, I think of the following attributes:
Integrity. When we do the right thing for the right reason, regardless of the outcome, we can surely sleep easy at night. Oprah Winfrey said, “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
Humility. Can we accept the fact that we don’t know everything? Alexander Pope reminds us that “A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”
Work Ethic. I’ve always admired those who fill their days with productive activities. Vince Lombardi embodies hard work. He said: “The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”
Kindness. Wouldn’t the world (or our homes, or our workplace) be a much better place if we were a little more kind? Roy Bennett said it best: “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
Perseverance. How many lessons have you learned because you failed at something the first time, but eventually you succeeded? Thomas Edison is a great example of this. He taught us, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Courage. Sometimes it’s difficult to make the tough decisions. Many of us have faced significant odds in our endeavors. Certainly, Maya Angelou faced more than her share of roadblocks in her life. She proclaimed, “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
What other character traits do you hold in high esteem? Who do you know and admire who has qualities you try to emulate? As you strive to be the best leader you can be, either in your own home or in the workplace, what qualities can you develop which will help you accomplish this goal?
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