Recently I finished reading Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters. It was after I read the final chapter that I discovered what it is like to be rendered speechless by a book. Though I can eagerly write on many topics that stood out throughout this gem of history, today I will reflect on one concept that Maj. Winters really epitomized. That concept was simple, don’t ask another person to do something in which you wouldn’t do yourself. In essence, don’t hold others to a standard in which you don’t hold yourself.
This may come as a reminder to some and an ‘aha’ moment to others, but I really believe this concept is simple enough for everyone to exercise. For example, it can have nothing short of a positive influence on the way an FRG Leader shows their character and improves the number of and the relationship with her volunteers. Look at the men of Easy Company, they knew without a doubt that Maj. Winters would never put them in a situation in which he wouldn’t put himself. Now that in my opinion is Leadership. Can you imagine the impact an Frg Leader can have on her volunteers if she made it clear from the get go that she is willing to put in the same hours and man work as her volunteers who are often taking valuable time away from their children and/or spouses? Personally, I would be more eager to volunteer 5 hours in a mail room selling baked good if I knew my FRG Leader was going to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. Why would I give up my valuable time for anything less?
In reflection, how do you think you can apply this concept to your life?