Speaking to my FIL as is our weekly ritual, K and I listened to him recount his weekly updates and we waited our turn to catch up on our side of things. Talking to him about a personal milestone we reached we were thrilled by his genuine happiness that was evident from the voice on the other end of the phone.
We continued the conversation to hear him say, “When I first started work, my manager said to me – Plan your work and work the plan. I have followed it all my life and am glad you are doing it too in your lives.”
Long after we hung up, the words echoed in my mind. Simple words can have a profound effect specially on an eager young man on the threshold of a career. Leaders have the ability to impress values on impressionable minds. Searching long and hard, I can’t seem to remember any memorable quotes or ideas that the people I have had the pleasure of working with instilled in me. My dad is the only person who in many ways has influenced my attitude, behavior and value system. Looking back, I really do think he was charismatic.
Making the connection as I go through my MBA, I guess this is the time I can pick and choose if I want to be a manager or a leader not just in my professional life but elsewhere too. I can choose to lead by example. Be cognizant of the effect I have on people around me. People who’s lives I impact.
Who knows, some day some one might be quoting me 🙂