Each weekday, NBC’s nightly news includes a final “Inspiring America” story. These stories showcase people who make a difference in the lives of others. They remind us that small actions can have a large impact to better our world. Consider, Jadav Payeng, “The Forest Man of India.” Saddened by how erosion and the changing ecosystem had destroyed the river island he loved, he began to plant one tree sapling each day on this decimated Island. Now, after almost 40 years, the trees he planted have reclaimed more than 1300 acres and become an Island with lush forests and abundant wildlife.
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high, and we miss it, but that it is too low, and we reach it.” — Michelangelo… Many people give up after a significant disappointment. Yet, others are inspired to try again, learn from their mistakes and go on to achieve great things. Consider the following:
Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.
Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.
Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.