As John Bacon, introduced himself, including all of his accolades, comrades, and more, I felt a sudden and utter gratitude: how could a such an impressive man with this much success be standing in my classroom? Honestly, I was more overwhelmed by his presence than his message.
Bacon described a four-pillar process to finding success in life as a leader, which included paying attention to character, concern, communication, and caring. Each of these, for the most part, is pretty self explanatory and not profound. To be successful, you must have strong character; this means being consistent in your actions, no matter the situation. Bacon paraphrased John Wooden’s line “Character is who you are when no one is watching.” Next, Bacon stressed to have concern. He said that showing concern makes you reliable and trustworthy. Thirdly, communication builds relationships only if both parties get to share and listen, rather than one -sided conversations; communication should contain a mutual effort.
Most importantly, Bacon Stressed the importance of showing your care for others. He said within the first five minutes of meeting someone, you will be able to since whether they genuinely care about you or ot. For leaders in a community, it is vital to show care for others. Leaders are in place to serve others; to do this effectively, a leader must have compassion for his or her followers.
A friend and I had a conversation about this particular part of Bacon’s message. My friend expressed how they sometimes struggle to gauge whether others know she genuinely cares. I related in full, as we agreed that, for the majority of the time, we do genuinely invest time and concern in others, because we do care. In fact, we’d hope that it would take 5 seconds to sense our interest rather than a whole 5 minutes. However, we both wished that our care for others wasn’t misconstrued. Sometimes, expressing interest, concern, and care can be perceived as forced, when in all reality, we mean it to be genuine. Personally, I plan not to stress this. I believe whatever feels natural will be perceived as genuine, because that’s as real, bare, and honest my personality can be.
I am grateful Bacon came to speak with us. In his short presentation, he demonstrated all four of these ideas. By the end, I could tell he cared about his work, cared about his relationships, cared about recognizing others, and cared about relaying his stories on to us. All of his cares resonated in me, thus outshining his other three lessons. Thanks to Bacon, I have been more aware of how more authentically convey my cares.
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