A defining day for a leader is when he starts to see his team carry on the duties of the organzation without him.
2009 marked a defining day in my leadership. I'd like share that day with you in order to help you realize your past and future defining days of your leadership journey.
On September 5th I was in Newport Beach attending a seminar to learn and grow as a leader. While I was hundreds of miles away, I had a great leader keeping A Day of Hope's momentum going forward.
My friend John Calhoun took the A Day of Hope car wash and led it while I was away in Newport Beach. I didn't have to ask him to do it, I didn't have to delegate it to him, I didn't have to convince him to help. He knew I was going to be out of town and he simply decided to do the car wash.
Maybe this doesn't seem significant in your eyes, but for a young leader who leads on a daily basis and is always striving to improve and grow, this was huge because it was a testament that I have someone around me who has two qualities:
- Is a leader capable of leading without me
- Is a leader willing to lead without me
It was truly a defining day in leadership.
How about you. Have you had a defining day in your leadership?