I recently had the pleasure of addressing Northwest Conference student athletes on the subject of character and leadership. I was flattered that those in charge of a program to build such skills in the conference figured that something I might have to say about my life and life’s work might be of value.
When I finished I asked the students to identify someone they looked up to as a leader, or someone they thought was a person of character.
Among the responses, there wasn’t a single reference to any of the people we would consider as celebrities. There was no mention of a pro athlete, movie, music or television celebrity.
Every respondent identified a parent, one of their high school coaches or teachers or principals. It brought home to me again how important we are as parents and grand parents in developing the leaders of tomorrow. It was refreshing to know that we do still matter.
That’s how I see it.