“Attitude reflects leadership, Captain.”

This quote has stuck with me for a while, probably since I first watched Remember the Titans and Julius said it to Gary. I think about this a lot on several paths in life, from teaching and parenting, to mentoring and church work. Attitude reflects leadership. Like, if I come to work all woe is me, do I expect my minions to pull me out of that? Or is it more likely that their behaviors will mimic mine?

I prefer to live my life in the background. I’m a better extra or supporting cast than a main character. But when it comes to being in front of people, leading people, especially children, I need to consistently remind myself that they take cues from how I’m acting more than from what I’m saying.

4 comments

  1. So true. Way back when I was learning to teach my professor said : “It is no longer about you”. I understood that right away – it wasn’t depressing or rude. We were explicitly told not to bring any baggage or “cloud” or anger or bad attitude to school.
    Masters of disguise, we are! It’s really part of the job, an expectation,… to be consistent, kind, positive, etc… no matter what your heart may be feeling. If you can’t do it, that’s the day(s) to stay home! Seems somewhat unnatural, but it’s REAL and for the best!

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