Leadership at the grassroots level

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. … Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration for and director of the action.

My friend Rosalie is a leader, an unassuming yet effective leader.

Rosalie owned a grocery store with her husband. They employed local high school students and this was often the students’ first employment. Rosalie’s role was more than a boss – she was a mentor, a trainer, a friend to the young people who were stepping out of their comfort zone into the world of employment: it was a huge transition. She nurtured, encouraged and empowered.

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Our daughter worked at Rosalie’s shop. There she learned or reinforced values of work, reliability, punctuality,being well present and dealing promptly and pleasantly with customers, wearing her name badge and bringing joy to the work environment.

Rosalie thought of her employees as “my girls” and even referred to them as such 20 years later when “her girls’ had moved into other careers. She always maintained an interest.

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child and Rosalie was an elder in that village for many young people who took their first step into the world of work.

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Rosalie’s contribution to shaping attitudes and caring for others has a life time effect. She lived by her value of striving for excellence.

Leadership is about influencing others. Rosalie was a true and positive leader

From one of the many mothers , thanks Rosalie!

Author: Yvonne Simpson

This blog shares my leadership journey and my passion for educating to lead.

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