Thursday, January 22, 2009

Unintentional Leadership

I was flying back from Philadelphia and just before take off I looked across to see a tall chap asking the the air hostess for a seat with more leg room. She told him there were none left.

Once the seat belt sign went out, a fella got up from his extra-legroom seat and went over to the tall chap to ask him if he wanted to swap. Of course the tall chap agreed, and the exchange happened.

I know this generous fella was a team leader as I'd seen him and his new team on the shuttle bus on the way out. They were heading out for a training session.

His team weren't sat next to him on the plane, but they were close enough to realise that their new boss would give up his precious extra-legroom seat for a stranger in need.

If he would do that for a complete stranger, what would he do for one of his colleagues, one of his team mates?

Now that's leadership, unintentional leadership.

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