In Their Shoes
I’ve become a little obsessed. Every night this week I’ve been watching highlights and matches from the opening week of Wimbledon. And you can bet I’ll be glued to it this week too. In fact I just discovered the Wimbledon iphone app. Now I’ll have scores and highlights at my finger tips. Good thing it’s a short week at work… 🙂
I’ve always been a fan of tennis but since I started taking lessons a year ago, my obsession has grown. The more I understand about the game, the more appreciation and respect I have for the players and what it takes to be the leaders of the sport.
Isn’t this true about other areas of life?
The more we know and understand about someone else’s “game” – their role, responsibilities, challenges, etc – the more compassion we have and the greater our appreciation is for their accomplishments.
As someone who aspires to be a great leader, I find myself more and more sympathetic to other leaders as I learn and grow in my leadership. I can remember being in my early 20’s and questioning the decisions and actions of my leaders. Only now being in a similar role with greater responsibilities do I truly understand the pressure of the game they were in.
I could elaborate on this thought, but I won’t for now. There’s another match for me to watch. 🙂
But seriously, where in life have you developed more respect and compassion for someone else because you gained a greater understanding of what it takes to be in their shoes?