My wife and I have three amazing dogs, Fenway, Lady, and Stella. In addition to that these little animals have given us a lot of joy over the years, they also possess certain qualities that every leader should adopt.
I am always looking for new ways to inspire and motivate my team. Here are five lessons I’ve learned from observing my dogs daily:
1. Our dog always sees the best in people. If you ever meet Lady, you’ll realize she’s going to smile from the time you get there until you leave. No matter who you are, think you’re the best person in the world.
Why is it a good leadership feature? People perform more when they are determined to succeed. When they are sure that their strengths will be maximized and their weaknesses protected, they are able to overcome great obstacles. Great leaders seek the best in others, help them identify these qualities, and see them thrive.
2. Our dog loves to get his paws dirty. If you want to earn all the rewards that life has to offer you, you need to get your hands dirty. For Fenway, this means chasing the ball on the beach. No matter where you’re headed – water, mud, or forest – it never stops.
Why is it a good leadership feature? If you have a big goal on your shoulders, you need to surround yourself with people who are willing to jump and fill up with dirt. It’s not about ego, it’s about meeting goals. Leaders need to find people who are willing to be accountable and complete the work they have started.
3. Our puppy never forgets to enjoy simple things. Fenway likes to play with a cardboard box that arrives in the mail. Don’t get me wrong, he loves his toys, but that cardboard box entertains him for hours.
Why is it a good leadership feature? I wrote a long time ago about the importance of travel. Travel is a reward and you must give yourself and your team the opportunity to enjoy the simple things. Great leaders know you need to celebrate small victories.
4. Making others happy makes my dog happy. Our dogs always move their tails. They are very happy puppies, but what really excites them is knowing that we are happy. When Stella plays catch something, she feels like we’re very excited when she brings the object back.
Why is it a good leadership feature? If your employees are happy at work and will be committed to what they do. I firmly believe that the more appreciation you show, the more people will work better.
5. My dogs are very loyal. Our dogs are always by our side – in the good and the bad – no matter what happens.
Why is it a good leadership feature? Success is not easy. There will be some difficult obstacles and flashes of triumph. Those who can learn and thrive when things get tough are the ones that are going to speed up and get to the good times. You must be with reliable people, that’s priceless.