• February 2019, Walking the Runway

    Posted by Deb Brown on 2/1/2019 5:00:00 AM

    Walking the Runway

    With all eyes on the long, illuminated runway, there is a sense of excitement and anticipation, waiting to see the creativity and originality that will wow all who are in attendance. As the designs make their way down the platform, attention is given to every move, every nuance that heightens the experience. In the end, those who are deemed “successful”, will have their fashion mass produced, duplicated, and hailed as the next big trend, for imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

    Unfortunately, as we carry out our daily responsibilities, we do not have the reminder of the glitz and glamor of a runaway. Nonetheless, our children are carefully watching our responses, our language, our interactions and our decision-making. Much like the fashion world, adult modeling – role modeling – has an enormous impact on the young. It can be easy to forget that we are on “stage” every moment and in every situation that presents itself.

    In the book titled, “Lincoln on Leadership” by Donald Phillips, the author takes lessons learned from Lincoln‘s tenure as President and creates principles of action. Although plucked from the annals of history, the author reminds the reader of the timeless power of leadership and importance of character. Among the positive role modeling statements are:

    • Be the embodiment of good temper and affability.
    • Showing your compassionate and caring nature will aid you in forging successful relationships.
    • Remember that your followers generally want to believe that what they do is their own idea and, more importantly, that it genuinely makes a difference.
    • You must be consistently fair and decent, in both the business and the personal side of life.
    • Never add the weight of your character to a charge against a person without knowing it to be true.
    • Do the very best you know how—the very best you can—and keep doing so until the end.
    • Remember that the best leaders never stop learning.

    With watchful longing to be just like those on center stage, our children gaze up at us, ready to emulate what they see and hear. We must not lose sight of the path on which we walk or the brilliance of light that shines on us. We are on stage every day for our children to see. Let us remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – what will be reflected back to you from your walk down the runway?

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