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.