Leaders Know How to Celebrate Others’ Success

Flowering bushes

If you live in a geography that experiences 4 seasons, you undoubtedly enjoy spring. Who doesn’t? You’ve made it through the long, dark, cold, bleak winter. Now is the time to celebrate. Life. And sunshine. And flowers. And longer hours of sunlight. And the smell of cut grass. And so on. Spring isn’t too cold and it’s not too hot. Spring is refreshing. Spring is a great time of year don’t you agree? It is a time of year that inspires hope and encourages us to take action. I love spring, don’t you?

In the part of the US in which I live, Southern New England, spring hasn’t fully arrived. We’re still experiencing cold days, snow, and mostly cloudy skies. I choose to believe spring is just around the corner. It has to be, right?

During a recent weekend getaway to visit our sons in the Carolinas, my wife and I experienced a geography that was fully in spring mode. The azaleas were out, the dogwoods were in bloom, and brilliant redbuds lined the drive along I-77 in the Shenandoah Valley. By the time we reached Charlotte and Columbia, the sun had come out and temperatures had risen into the mid-70s. It was perfect spring weather! Ahhh!!!

We went to an NBA game, attended church , ate at a few old haunts and basically “caught up” with the boys. As always, it was great to see them. Our family is scattered in multiple states (and countries) so spending time together is always a special occasion!

And throughout the weekend, we had opportunities to see the boys interact with friends and colleagues. What stood out to me was the strength and number of their relationships. It was apparent they were well-connected in their communities. They were comfortable and accepted amongst a wide-range of people. Their mom and I received numerous comments about how impactful our sons had been in the lives of others. It was humbling and joyous to hear repeatedly about how these two young “life-changers” were making a significant impact on those around them.

It reminded me of a tenant of great leadership. Great leaders know how to celebrate the success of others. They’re not jealous or resentful. They’re humble, thankful and appreciate for what they have and enjoy. And they celebrate and recognize the accomplishments, success and achievements of others. They know life is not a zero-sum game or a competition. They’re content.

Enjoy the spring if, like me, you’re coming out of winter. If you don’t live in a geography that experiences winter or you live in a climate that is heading into winter, enjoy the season you’re in. And reflect on your attitude toward others’ success. Are you happy for them? Jealous? Thankful? Appreciative? Angry? Bitter? Or content?

Great leaders know how to celebrate others’ success. Do you?

Have a great week and remember to celebrate the success of others. I’m confident you will.

is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.


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