Lead By Example

Lead By Example

I usually roll my eyes when I see those bumper stickers “My child is an Honor Student at BlaBla School”.  I get it.  This parent is proud of the academic achievements of their child.  So, forgive me as I’m going to jump on the bandwagon.

I’m not excited that my son got an award at school, stating he passed an academic test that his teacher gave him.  I’m excited because I know he passed (what I believe is) a more important test.  My son got an award because he was an example of outstanding character and displayed the trait of kindness.

I sometimes think we as individuals and organizations have our visions and our missions missaligned.  Strategically (our vision) we have a long term goal.  Tactically (our mission) we have a short term plan.  One of my goals in life is to not screw up my son and help him become a good person.  I hope I can help ensure that by leading by example.

If he chooses to lead others someday, will those who follow him think he’s really smart or are they going to say he inspires them; that he’s empathetic and kind?

Regardless if you see yourself as project manager or a project leader, think about your core values.  Think about how your actions will impact those around you.  Lead by example and see just how contagious it can be.

6 Replies to “Lead By Example”

    1. I certainly don’t want my son to get an award for just showing up for class. Sure, I’d be happy if he got an award for getting good grades. But, I tend to believe kids are taught to pass tests and not necessarily to learn anything. I would rather he be a good person and suck at math, if that was my choice. Maybe that’s because I try to be a good person and I DO suck at math. Am I projecting?

  1. Derek:

    Great point, couldn’t agree more! In corporate the tests are KPIs and too often folks are just trying to pass the test…even if it means ethics out the door. I am with you…a major job of mine is to NOT screw up my kids. It sounds like you are off to a great start…congratulations to you as well for the award, you are his example after all.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. Of all the ridiculously stupid things I do in front of my son, I was relieved THIS was the first document bearing the signatures of his teacher, vice principal, principal.

    1. I agree. Good is hard to measure. But, perhaps the school measures kindness by the number of times a student holds the door for people, consoles a classmate who is upset, or some other action we would associate with kindness. The only quantifiable action I remember as a kid was “3 strikes and you’re out”. Back in the day, we were never recognized for doing good things. But, wow, we were certainly singled out when we did something bad.

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