Your Turn: What has life taught you lately?

I’m reading a great book called “The Art of Work,” which makes a number of life observations that cause you to think, reflect and dive a little deeper than the surface issue.

One of the things the author said in the book was, “life is like a classroom.” I was so excited about that statement because it reflects the essence of this blog and my motivation for writing it. We think we can learn about leadership only at work or in school, but the reality is that the best teacher of all is life.

This then made me think about what I’ve learned by living and interacting with life in the last day, week or month. Probably a lot of things if I’m being honest, but today I want to focus on bullying.

Bullying is not just a playground activity

It happens everywhere. Sometimes it’s driven by poor character, other times it’s driven by self-interest.  Bullying is a sad reality, which we’ll all encounter throughout life. You either can be caught up in the ugliness or unfairness of it, or you can lead beyond it. You can think about ways to rid the system of bullies or bullying activity. Have the courage to confront the bullying in a professional manner. Be committed to changing the situation and have the thick skin and patience needed to see the change through.

Once you push back, you begin to realize that just like the kid taking the lunch money on the playground, bullying is the result of insecure people praying on the weak. As leaders, it’s our job in life to create the safe space for all voices to be heard—not just the loudest and most aggressive.

Your Turn: What have you learned through life lately?

I would love to hear from you. What have you learned from the teacher called life recently? Please share your lessons with the Front and Centered community by commenting below. If you really stop and think about it for a minute, I’m sure there are endless lessons all around us. I would love to learn from yours.