Leading from kindness

A guy at the gym was coming in from the outside. At the same time I was leaving. This guy I did not know decided to hold the door open for me to exit before he entered. On my way out, as I was thanking him, he said in a genuine tone “have a great day.” This stood out to me because I am a believer in holding doors for others (why don’t more of us do this?). More importantly, to me, it’s a micro expression of the work we all need to put in to lift each other up, to encourage each other. There is plenty of dog sh** behavior in the world. There are plenty of examples of strangers being treated as “less than.” This weekend I would like to challenge you to find one action you can do to lift up a stranger. As simple as holding a door, as picking up their coffee tab. Or, like one lady I observed a few weeks ago, giving a kid a dollar who is coming up short at the cash register. We can never lead from anger and misunderstanding, only from kindness and generosity. Let’s take a moment to demonstrate how it should be done.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on November 30, 2018

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