They say leaders shouldn’t play favorites. Sometimes I find myself playing favorites.
My favorite people:
- Are good
- Are honest. With themselves. With others.
- Are real. Authentic.
- Are empathetic
- Are nice
- Are humble
- Are fair
- Are consistent
- Are loyal...or at least honest when they can't be
- Are positive. Maybe not always. But they sure try.
- Are focused on we, not ‘me’
- Are interested in taking care of people
- Are eager to put the others first, help others win
- Are aware they aren’t perfect
- Are sure there is a better way but are willing to try. Something.
- Are able to admit when they make mistakes
- Are okay saying “sorry, I messed up”
- Are committed to following through on their promises
- Are the ones who take responsibility for their actions
- Are curious
- Are interested in finding the right way, not having their way
- Are comfortable asking for help. Or admitting what they don’t know.
- Are willing to sacrifice
- Are there to support their team and do what it takes for that team to win
- Are trying to be better everyday. Whatever that means to them.
- Are relentless when it comes to protecting what/who needs protecting
These are choices. Just choices. Choices each of us make every second.
Those kind of people step into every day hoping they can leave the people they meet a bit better than they found them. It’s likely they don’t do it every day. I know I don’t. There are a lot of times I leave people worse than I found them. I need to get better. I try. Maybe breathe more. Maybe listen more. Maybe be more grateful. Maybe see the good more. Maybe love more. Maybe work less. Maybe run more. Maybe a lot of things. But I thought I’d start with being honest. I play favorites. But at least you know what my favorite kind of people are.
Hey favorite people. Thanks for being you. The world needs more of you.
PS – I might be wrong. That happens all the time. Maybe now too. But I’ll proceed unless convinced otherwise. Thanks.
PPS – Sometimes people fool me. Hopefully, I figure it out...I usually do....eventually.
“You can do more good by being good than any other way.” – John Wooden