Today is National Dog Day, and I’m celebrating this canine holiday by sharing three leadership lessons I’ve learned from my dog, Rudy, over the years. Rudy is my 11.5 year old English Springer Spaniel. I got him when he was only one month old.
In the last two sessions, I shared about what Rudy has taught me about significance and strength. I’ve linked those sessions in the Resources section below. Today, I’m sharing the third lesson that I’ve learned from Rudy, about the antidote to one of the greatest leadership killers.
- One of the greatest leadership killers is bitterness.
- The antidote is forgiveness. We must learn to forgive unconditionally.
- Don’t harbor bitterness. Holding grudges or having pent up bitterness is a cancer to our soul, relationships, and leadership.
- A good leader recognizes that we don’t have to dwell on what happened. We can process it, learn from it, and then move on.
Today’s Game Plan calls for some reflection. Think through this: who in your life have you not forgiven? A good test is what emotions or words come to your mind when you think of that person. If it is negative, then you haven’t forgiven them.
You need to forgive them in your heart first and then you might even need to talk to them about how they have wronged you. And seek restoration.
Can you be considered a great leader and be easily offended? Why or why not? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Lessons From My Dog, Rudy (Part 1)