Today’s daily prompt was dignify, which was brilliant because it speaks to what’s been on my mind. Too often, we look up to people because their position, rank or station in life assuming those that hold them dignify them. Unfortunately, all too often, that simply isn’t the case.
The title doesn’t make the man nor the women. The women or men makes the title. If the man or woman has little dignity, than so too will the position they hold. Perhaps they assume as they move up in position, the will become more dignified, but that simply isn’t the case.
If one is a selfish, undignified ground level leader, odds are those tendencies will follow them throughout their career. However, If one is a dignified person from day one, they will bring dignity and honor to whatever rank they hold. If they’re a person searching for dignity or compensating for something else in their rank, I’m sorry to say they won’t find it. Moreover, their shortcomings are glaringly obvious for most to see.
When looking to build a strong principled team be sure to look for people who dignify the rank. What characteristics do these people have? First and foremost, these people are not sycophants. They will tell you no when you need to hear it most. Secondly, they lead selflessly. These are leaders that wouldn’t ask their employees to do something their unwilling to do. Lastly, they’re opened to change even if it means deviating from their ideas. Leaders must be able to pivot when results show their ideas are not successful. This list is hardly exhaustive, but if I didn’t cap myself we’d be here all day.
Here’s another list of things I will not dignify today:
- Asurion warranties: They’re a waste in the time. If you lose a drone in a tree or to the wind, they expect you to get it out of the tree and mail it back.
- My knee pain: It’s not that I’m old, it just that I added too many miles too quickly.. honestly….
- Laundry: no explanation needed here
- Rude people in the checkout line at Target: only in S. Florida would an elderly woman feel it is okay to run over a 5 year old girl to be first in line at the checkout. I get it, you had 15 things and her family had like 20. And truly it really wasn’t much of a wait for her family considering the two screaming toddlers they had in strollers.
- Meanwhile, to the old lady that walked in front of me in line: I’m not mad at you. I would have let you gone first anyway. You didn’t have that many things and I had about one million, but you’re still obtuse or maybe I’m just upset because my normal Target run is getting considerably more expensive!?!?!