“Our greatest leaders usually don’t aspire to positions of great fame or public awareness. They choose instead to lead in places where they can make a tangible, meaningful difference in the lives of the people they are called to serve.” —Patrick Lencioni
Recently my mother’s friend of many years—a mild, unassuming man named Vincent—passed away with little or no fanfare. (As it happens, he would have wanted it that way.) The 97-year-old had outlived most of his friends and colleagues. Due to a clerical error, his obituary didn’t even make it into the local newspaper. Few attended his memorial service.
But, even so, many people owe their health—and some their lives—to Vinny, who, through the Rotary Club, selflessly devoted months of volunteer time vaccinating for polio in Central America. Although he was the first to provide this service, which had an impact on thousands of grateful souls, Time Magazine never recognized him as one of its “Most Influential People.” Such recognition likely wouldn’t have mattered to Vinny anyway.
If we are leading in meaningful ways in our offices and making a difference within our communities, that should be rewarding enough. I may never make the cover of Time Magazine either, but that’s OK with me.