Over the last 14 weeks, we have focused on the character traits underpinning leadership success. While we have largely focused on leadership in a sports team context, as we stated at the beginning, these traits underpin a broad variety of leadership in sports teams, businesses, families, and life in general.
Week 15 arrives alongside Thanksgiving. A holiday I hope finds you surrounded by those you love and appreciate. Therefore, “Gratitude,” is our bonus trait this week.
Leadership is a privilege. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and responsibility, to lead, guide, and direct a group of people to accomplish a goal or objective. I am grateful to have such a privilege, and even more so, I am grateful for the many blessings of health, family, friends, and a myriad of others.
The vast majority of us are who we are because someone (usually multiple people) cared enough to invest in us and help us see in ourselves the potential they saw, even when we often couldn’t. They were loyal, dependable, showed integrity, courage, and judgement. They dealt with us justly and unselfishly helped us grow. They shared knowledge, enthusiasm, tactfully pointed out areas for improvement in our judgement and decision making, and encouraged us to maintain a positive outlook and bearing despite enduring adversity.
This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to think about who those people may have been in your life and to thank them. Whether face-to-face, phone, text, or perhaps even a prayer to those who have passed, let the important people in your life know how much they matter. How you are better off for having met them and quite simply; you’re grateful.
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