Lessons From My Dog, Rudy (Part 2)

by | Aug 22, 2019 | Leadership

National Dog Day is just a few days away, and I’m celebrating this canine holiday by sharing a few lessons that my dog, Rudy, has taught me over the years. Rudy is my 11.5 year old English Springer Spaniel. I got him when he was only one month old.

Last session, I shared about what Rudy has taught me about significance. Today, I’m sharing the second lesson that I’ve learned from Rudy.



Session Recap

  • It’s a common myth that gentleness equals weakness or passivity. But that’s just not true.
  • People who have gentleness are secure in their identity and comfortable in their own skin.
  • Leaders who are gentle are extremely aware of the people they are talking to and their surroundings. They know just how much “force” is needed for each person and situation.


Game Plan

Think about these two questions. Make some notes in a journal or notebook, and review your answers often to be sure you’re practicing gentleness.

  • Which situations or people make it hard for you to practice gentleness?
  • Why is that?



Can a leader be strong and gentle at the same time? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment on this post, or submitting your thoughts on our Questions page.


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Lessons From My Dog, Rudy (Part 1)