With Father’s Day in mind, I would like to share the leadership lessons that I am so thankful I learned from my Dad.
- Find Your Passion: My Dad was fortunate. He loved the Moving Industry. When he was talking about a customer or a new type of masking tape, you could feel and see the passion in his heart and it was contagious! If you can’t find your passion in your career, then find it in your personal life. Whether it be a hobby or your family – find your passion! It will make a difference in you and in the world!
- Kindness Counts: At my Dad’s wake, an individual came up to me and shared his story. My Dad had paid for his rehab program and it changed his life forever! My Dad was always kind, probably bordered on being too kind, but that created an amazing synergy among his employees and acquaintances. The world can be difficult for so many people. How do you show your kindness at work? The little things we do can change a person’s life – yours or someone else’s!
- Respect: My Dad knew what it meant to work hard and respect others. He never cared about titles. He treated everyone as if they were the most important person in his life. Every person makes a difference in this world and he truly made them know that! How do you affect the people that you meet?
- Integrity: Friends of my Dad often share stories about his conscientiousness and ability to give 100% in his career. When I was little, watching his patience to pack a box was amazing! He cared for others’ possessions as if they were his own. We often need to take a nice deep breath and remind ourselves of the saying, “quality over quantity.” Dad would rather do things carefully the first time then rush and have mistakes. Do you sometimes find that you multitask, taking away from your quality and integrity?
- Celebrate Often: I remember calling my Dad when I started my business over twenty years ago and sharing with him some of my new clients and training opportunities. He would get so excited every time I called. Sometimes they were very small projects but he would always tell me to celebrate! We often get so caught up in the seriousness of life that we forget to pause and celebrate our positive accomplishments.
- Get Support: Leaders often think that they need to do everything themselves, eliminating time for their own self-care. My Dad had both business challenges and mental health concerns. I am so proud of him for reaching out to family, seeking mentors for his business issues, and seeing mental health professionals for his serious health concerns. I will often share his story with clients struggling from depression. We have one complicated life to live – get the support and guidance you need professionally and personally so you can be your best as a leader and individual!
My Dad taught me the true meaning of leadership. He taught me to be both brave and courageous. I have learned a lot from him. Thanks Dad!