One of the achievements that I am proudest of from my childhood is achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. From the time that a young boy enters Scouting, the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout is set and everything that is done is, in some way, designed to help a boy get to Eagle.
The path to Eagle essentially begins at the Tenderfoot rank. I remember when the requirements for Tenderfoot seemed so daunting! It started with learning how to tie a square knot, and as simple as the knot is, I had to remind myself “right over left-left over right” to avoid tying a “granny knot” which is not nearly as useful as a square knot.
Fourth grade was a particularly rough year for me personally. My father had remarried and things with my (then) stepmom could get rocky at times. We were all learning how to live together as a new family and to say that it wasn’t always smooth would be a massive understatement.
I also had to deal with a recurring bully named Cody and one of the meanest teachers that I have ever had-who was a never ending source of anxiety, as I wondered when I would get yelled at for something…anything…even when I (or any other student) didn’t deserve it.
Then-there was Mrs. Abraham. Thank goodness for Mrs. Abraham!
I recently watched an Oprah Winfrey show with Iyanla Vanzant on the epidemic of fatherlessness in America. If you watched the show you know just how powerful it was to see an audience full of men, who had grown up without a father, still trying to learn and discover what it means to be a man, without having the benefit of their own dads guiding them on their journeys.
In many ways I’ve come to realize that leadership works the same way. Here is what I mean...
How many of you have run into “leaders” that were just obnoxious? People who felt that leadership was all about barking orders, pointing fingers, controlling everything, taking credit and just being the “boss.” Ever worked for someone like that? Did you enjoy the experience?
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