Olympic champion triathlete Hamish Carter has just set a great example of leadership.
His former coach was critically ill – Carter visited, placed his gold medal on the TV in Ralston’s hospital room saying, “That stays there until you walk out”. See: Carter
I see Carter’s gesture as hugely symbolic of the respect he has for Ralston, and of Carter as a person.
As an amateur sportsperson I find this incredibly compelling.
What would be the equivalent in a work context.
Although I can think of a few bedsides I have attended for cancer, heart disease and general injury, I could not readily think of a parallel example in the corporate sense.
What commitment could you make to your staff or colleagues or bosses that would demonstrate complete buy in and dedication?
As leaders, or followers, there must be many things we can do to pay our respect to those we admire and directly or indirectly owe our livelihoods to.
So here is a brief list to kick it off:
Do your job to the best of your ability – that is the best payback possible for anyone who has promoted you into a role or a career. This is what keeps me going as a coach, and if I hit the wall, thinking of those individuals is invaluable.
Ask for help when you need it. Mentors and sponsors are generally ‘for life’. Keep the relationship alive, don’t ride your horse off into the sunset of success, nor assume they will never want to hear from you again (successful or not).
Pay it forward. I was not great fan of the film but the principle is 200% correct. If you’ve been given a leg up, then do the same for others.
Shine. Be proud. Authentically acknowledge everyone from receptionist to Company President.