This is how you should treat others | Story no. 140

A successful businessman named Peter had been invited by the President to come to his house and have breakfast.

On the day of their appointment, Peter dressed in this best and asked one of the company drivers, Dumi, to take him to Mr. Mandela’s home.

To his amazement, his host was waiting for him in the parking area. Peter recalled, I felt both extremely elated and humbled that Mr. Mandela was waiting outside for me.

He warmly greeted the driver and me. He then gestured that we enter the house.

However, in the traditional way of corporate behavior and protocol, the driver retreated quietly and remained in the car.

Mr. Mandela invited me to the breakfast table. Just before we started eating, my host seemed to miss something.

He asked, “Peter, I thought there were two of you? “I responded, “No, sir. I came alone.”

“What about the other gentlemen?” He insisted and I replied, “no, Sir. That one is just a driver. He will wait in the car.”

At that point, Mr. Mandela stood up and went down to where the driver was.

He introduced himself to the driver and asked him to join us for breakfast.

Mr. Mandela then walks to the kitchen and said, “Dumi is joining us for the breakfast. Can we have another plate, please?”

Peter never forgot what Mandela did. And neither did Dumi.

Peter went on to say, “When Leaders learn to see the personalities that lie behind this seemingly humble titles(drivers, guards, servants, and so on) that people in those jobs do not feel just appreciated, they discover, and walk into new horizons of their lives.

They become a great performer at what they do. They find personal fulfillment.

 

De-briefing of the story

That is the impact Great leaders can have on people. But you don’t have to be a great Leader to care about people.

You just have to make the decision to do it. Nothing lifts a person like being respected and valued by others.

 

Story source

From the book “The 5 levels of leadership” by John C. Maxwell

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