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Leading from Birth

22 Apr

This week has, and yet, has not been different from other weeks, since I’m in Indiana taking care of my mother.  After winning the battle against colon cancer, last week she went in for reconnection surgery.  Well, the surgery didn’t turn out as planned, and the surgeon was not able to reconnect her colon.  She will live with this mark of cancer for the rest of her life.  She will live.

My mom is my inspiration and one of the best leaders I know.  She’s a worldwide director of Human Resources for a Johnson & Johnson company.  She is truly an authentic leader; she’s relatable, she’s real.  “Authentic leaders know who they are, know what they believe in and value, and act on those values and beliefs openly and candidly.  Their followers consider them ethical people.  The primary quality produced by authentic leadership, therefore, is trust.” (Robbins & Judge, 2010) From being her daughter, working with her, and knowing many of her peers and subordinates, I can tell that people not only admire and respect her for the position she holds, but they trust her opinion and share pieces of their lives with her.  Watching my mom get sick has been devastating but it shows me how leaders that are truly great have impacts on people’s lives.  She’s received cards from leadership teams, board members, affinity groups, and individuals whose lives she has touched.

She has been molding me into a great leader for all of my 24 years.  She’s showed me that being task oriented and basing your actions on a specific timeline is the fastest way to be successful and accomplishing your dreams.  On the other hand she has always encouraged me to foster those relationships with the special people I come across in my life.  My mother taught me how to find the roses, now she’s teaching me how to smell them.

Love you!

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Works Cited:

  1. Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. (2010). Organizational behavior. (14th ed.). Boston: Pearson College Div.