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Monday, April 09, 2007

After reading the Healthy Reflection today I looked deep inside to see why I do what I do on SP as team leader for the TX Sparkers.

I had been a competitive athlete all my life in track & field, basketball, and volleyball. Even into my adult years, I was good at the sports I participated in and never seemed to "sit the bench." My competitive nature made me a natural leader. But why? Was it because people like to associate themselves with "winners" or was it because I wanted fame and glory?

If I'm honest with myself, when I was younger, perhaps I did like the attention of being one of the best. But as I've matured and learned the importance of what truly makes a good leader . . . it is through respect for others and caring for their needs and not my own gratification that has molded me into a leadership position.

I'll admit I like the point system SP offers members, but that's not what gives me the "high" I once thought I needed. However, it is by helping others feel important about themselves, encouraging those who have tripped and fallen by lending them a helping hand, or by noticing others for who they are and keeping them motivated when they've had a bad day.

A true leader doesn't "toot" their own horn. Instead they learn to become sensitive to the needs of others and always ready to lead them or their team to the finish line. TX Sparkers is a GREAT team and we have MANY leaders.
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