The story is an exclusive and educational story that highlights things we do as leaders which positively influence the people around us. It is a work of fiction and does not depend on factuality. However, it gives inspiration about how positive leadership should be. Let us delve into the story below.
A young man saw his primary school teacher at a wedding ceremony. He went to greet him with all respect and admiration. He said to him: "Can you still recognize me, Sir?"
"I don't think so! Could you please remind me how we met?", asked the teacher.
The student recounted:
"I was your student in the Third Grade. I stole a wristwatch belonging to my then classmate because it was unique and fascinating. My mate came to you crying that his wristwatch was stolen and, you ordered all students in the class to stand in a straight line, facing the wall with their hands up and our eyes closed so you could check our pockets.
At this point, I became jittery and terrified of the outcome of the search. The shame I will face after other students discover that I stole the watch, the opinions my teachers will form about me, the thought of being named a thief till I leave the school, and my parents' reaction when they know my action. All these thoughts flowed across my heart when suddenly it was my turn to be checked. I felt your hand slip into my pocket and brought out the watch. I was gripped with fear, expecting the worse to be, announced. I was surprised I didn't hear anything, but sir, you continued searching other students' pockets till you got to the last person.
When the search was over, you asked us to open our eyes and sit on our chairs. I was afraid to sit because I thought you, will call me out soon after everyone was seated. But to my amazement, you showed the watch to the class, gave it to the owner but never mentioned the name of the one who stole it. You didn't say a word to me, and you never mentioned the story to anyone.
Throughout my stay in the school, no teacher or student knew what happened. This incident naturally taught me a great lesson. I resolved in my heart never to get myself involved in taking whatever is not mine. I thought to myself that you saved my dignity."
"Do you remember the story now sir? You can't simply forget this story", asked the student.
The teacher replied, "I vividly remember the story that I found the watch in a pocket, but I did not know in whose pocket it was, found that day because I searched your pockets while I also had my eyes closed."
In life, we need wisdom for everything we do. As parents, teachers, leaders, etc. We should be able to close our eyes to some things. Not all misbehavior requires punishment. Some will need encouragement, some mentoring, and some monitoring.
Be a leader who impacts, not one who shatters. What is your take on leadership?
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