It has been said that a dog is “man’s best friend.” Like many dog owners, that saying has proven true in my life.
My dog, Rudy, is an English Springer Spaniel who turned 12 years old back in March. Now, I wouldn’t replace my best friends with him, but if I had to be honest…he is probably a little less high maintenance than some of them. :)
Over these last 12 years, I have done my best to train him so he could function around both humans and dogs and still be somewhat civilized. But in truth, he has taught me more than I have taught him.
We let our circumstances affect our attitude way too much. There is nothing wrong with showing emotion, but if we don’t keep our emotions in check they can hurt our influence and leadership.
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.
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.
PS: I’ll be hosting a webinar on what it looks like to live with intentionality and authenticity in our “new normal.” I’d love if you made plans to join me. More information with a date and time will be coming soon – stay tuned!