The Stage is for the Child

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.” – Plato.

Ever seen that picture? A board of directors’ meeting. Every participant seems reserved. When asked, opinions are expressed slowly, audibly, almost reluctantly.

I like to watch leaders at work. There is something that clearly differentiates a top level manager from the rest of the corporate crowd. A good leader practices self-restraint – both with regard to showing emotions and expressing opinions. Showing-off does not pay off.

A leader leaves the privilege of showing-off to his or her employees.

When you look at a seasoned dad, the picture seems similar – a warm smile, an encouraging look, composure and strength. Integrity. The stage is for the child.