It’s always inspiring to have philosophical conversations with my Dad! Here’s one from my recent visit:
Me: You often express your admiration for the people in your Sunday School class. Tell me more about them.
Dad: These are sensitive, caring people interested in connecting with the lives of others. And they have such a wealth of experiences! Wow! The insights they have gained from grappling with the circumstances of their lives offer a whole new world of ideas, a whole new approach to life. It’s very special.
Me: I think a lot about how to be a good leader. You’ve been a leader all your life: Corps Chaplain at Texas A&M, church minister after graduating from Duke Divinity School, successful entrepreneur in several different business ventures, song leader in your Sunday school class, and more. What leadership advice would you like to share?
Dad: A leader senses your abilities, your desires, your passions – and helps you expand on them. He or she doesn’t tell you what they want you to do; they see the potential you bring and encourage you to develop it.
Me: Well you’ve certainly done that for me Dad, and for many other people. Thank you!
Dad: (in song) “Precious memories….”
For more about my dad and to hear him sing, you’ll want to read this post. And to learn about his career as a beekeeper, you’ll want to read this post!
For more articles like this, see: Hearts at Work.
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