This is the third of six character traits or qualities that make a foundation for your growth. The first week we discussed “Courage” and defined it simply as, “when we are doing what we know is right; even if we are afraid we will do it anyway”. Last week we spoke about “Honor” and defined it as being fair and honest in all that we do and say. Today’s topic is “Leadership”. Can anyone define what “leadership” means?
Literally, it means the power to control others.
(Insert Leadership Principles)
I have a favorite quote that is very dear to me. That means that although someone else said it, its as if it were written just for me as I was growing up. The quote is:
“He didn't tell me how to live: He lived, and let me watch him do it. “
Clarence Buddington Kelland
This is my lasting impression of my father. "He didn't tell me how to live: he lived and let me watch him do it".
That means that by the way he conducted himself, how he acted, each day in every way, he served as not only a role model, someone I could look up to, but to me was the perfect example of what a leader really is.
What a great honor to a life well lived, to leadership defined, through a father's every action, word and deed - each day...every day...for a lifetime. What a fantastic example of living to leave behind?
Ideas are sometimes best captured as images. Imagine a father, or mother walking... not in front of their son or daughter expecting them to follow, not behind their son or daughter driving them forward, pushing or forcing their own ideas upon them - but rather next to their son or daughter, leading by example.
It is a picture you can see in your mind of a parent living life to the fullest - yet, all the while, through their every action, thought, word and deed, they are showing their son or daughter how to lead a life that is the best for them, qualities worth copying, obstacles or problems to avoid, special times to be grabbed and friendships worth...