I recently read an article in Sports Illustrated where they interviewed Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, a week after his Super Bowl win. They asked him about some of the negative things that some people were saying about him. I was so impressed with his answer. He had every reason to be bitter and plant seeds of vengeance on the NFL and Goodell for what they had put him through, but he never did.
Have you ever had an area of your life you wanted to change, and you were committed to making that change, but you still didn’t do it? And you ask yourself, “Why does this happen? Why don’t I follow through?” Is it because you don’t know how? Or maybe you just don’t have time. Even if you do make the change how do you make it sustainable and lasting? How do you make it “stick”?
Leadership is acquiring the knowledge and developing the skills that will empower others to function on their own. A leader gives people knowledge, but an exceptional leader will take it one step further by giving people information so they can acquire more knowledge on their own. Leaders empower their associates with the freedom to operate and gain experience, thus giving them the green light to release full potential and be magnificent rather than ordinary.
A leader rises above and beyond the call of duty.