Tuesday, October 11, 2011
"The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd."
- James Crook
This quote is one that I have wished many times had come into my life while I was in high school. In various clubs and organizations I was in a leadership position. Often, because I felt like I wasn't being commended, I let the role go to my head and became more of a bitch and less of a leader. In my first management position as an adult, the same thing happened.
It wasn't until I started taking communications degrees in college that something my boss (who to this day is still active in my life and has become like my other mom) said to me finally clicked - being in an authority position doesn't make you better than anyone else; it just means you have more responsibility. Since that time, my whole outlook on management has done a 180. I've learned that talking to people rather than down to them, as well as remembering the Golden Rule we all learned as children, really will get you further than anything else.
When I first joined SparkTeam and took on the TeamLeader role for a couple of teams, I was determined that I wanted to lead by example. I didn't care if anyone ever commented on my progress - that wasn't why I was here. I hope that I have been successful in sticking with that goal. Even now, if someone on SP or in life comments on the progress I've made, I still kind of blush and quietly say thanks. It's not because I'm not proud of myself... it's because I'd really rather hear others talk about the progress they've made, whether following my example or not.
On a different note - today has been a pretty good day. I didn't get to go walking this morning after all. It wasn't because I didn't want to though. I was baby-sitting the 4-month old this morning for a few hours and her mom asked if she could bring her earlier than planned. If I'd gone walking, there's a pretty good chance I wouldn't have been home in time. I did make up for it tonight though. I worked out through the almost entire 2 hours of Biggest Loser. I did a 60-minute circuit training session so I could get some strength training done at the same time, plus an extra 45 minutes of other cardio. My water intake has been great the last couple of days.