Helping leaders emerge

Blog - May 2014

Do You Care? Leadership Lessons from Brother Bernadine, Archie DeMarco, & My Dad

"A Mindful Leadership Story by Dale Moss"

"People don't care how much you know — until they know how much you care."     
                                                                                                       
- John C. Maxwell

There are many things that make up a great leader but, to me, there is a common strand that binds great leaders together. It’s caring. I have seen pyramids, trees, and all sorts of diagrams that overcomplicate what good leadership looks like. Of course, character, commitment, confidence, and competence are all essential qualities -- but without caring -- they are sterile.

Throughout my career, I have always tried to embody this critical element of leadership. The times I have demonstrated a sense of empathy and caring for the teams I have had the privilege to lead were the moments I felt most successful.

I have chosen to reflect on the people in my life who -- by action -- showed me what caring and leadership were really about and in the most profound way, set the stage for my leadership style.

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A Lesson from McDonalds: Life is an Occasion, Rise to It!

"A Mindful Leadership Story by Sang Lee"

Introducing My Dear Grandmother

I would like to share a personal story of the woman who raised and shaped me to be the person I am today. For most of my life, I thought she was my grandmother but I later learned she was a close friend of my maternal birth grandmother’s. So, for the purpose of this essay, when I mention my “grandmother,” I will be referring to the woman who raised me.

In 1971 when I was born, my mother had health issues and was not able to care for me. Consequently, I spent most of my childhood with my grandmother. She was my protector, defending me against my parents and two older siblings regardless of how irrational my behavior was. To this day, I have fond memories of Grandmother sneaking me food when I refused to eat with the rest of the family.

My grandmother loved me unconditionally but this is not the main point of the story. What was remarkable about her was that she was physically disabled. Unfortunately, when she was a child, she fell off a wagon and damaged her spine. As a result, she became a 4’ woman with a severely curved spine, making her look like a hunchback. While her appearance did not bother her at home, it did in public and she rarely ventured outside.

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