We went to the Texas A&M graduation this past weekend to celebrate the accomplishments of the son of one of our friends. Aggie spirit was everywhere and got an education on the A&M history as well as the Corp of Cadets. Great tradition everywhere.
What got my attention is the core values of the school. Excellence – Integrity – Respect – Loyalty – Selfless Service – Leadership.
I am not sure that they are unique to A&M and they should not be. They should be the core values of every corporation and every American.
But please take note of the order. I looked several places and could not find a single place which moved “leadership” forward. Each of the first four is personal characteristic. They are things we must hold as part of our being. We must strive to do our best. We must be honest to ourselves and others. We should allow other to hold and listen to different beliefs from ours. Be faithful – both to others as well as yourself.
However, if only focused on “me”, I leave no legacy and improve the world minimally. I must reach out to others. In the reaching out and helping others, the leadership becomes the result.
So today, my goal is to focus on the first 4, find an outlet for the 5th, and find the intersection of these that will allow me to provide leadership to others.
P.S. – There were 48 young men and women commissioned into the US Military services. As they committed to uphold the Constitution of the US and join my son, daughter-in-law, best friends’ daughter, daughter’s boyfriend, and all their friends in the Armed services, please hold them in your thoughts and prayers. If you see a service person, thank them for what they do, buy them a cup of coffee or a whole meal. They need to feel the support of all of us. Thanks!!
P.P.S. – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! While we all face uncertainty going into the new year, there is always something to be thankful for, appreciate, or celebrate. Take the time to do that – there will be time to address the future.