I want to share some thoughts on Hotel Equities’ Value Statement #5, “The greatest leaders are the greatest servants.”
It’s no secret that I’m a huge baseball fan. I’ve loved the game for as long as I can remember. Like many kids, I played Little League and started collecting baseball cards while growing up in Boston. I also played organized baseball in the Babe Ruth League, in high school and for two years on a semi-pro baseball team. Now, I am blessed by getting to enjoy following my grandson Eli White’s career as the current shortstop for the nationally ranked Clemson Tigers. Baseball is in my blood.
Like many of you who have had the opportunity to play organized sports, I’ve learned a lot about leadership from the game. Consider the sacrifice bunt. Knowing that he will likely be thrown out and, knowing that his batting average may be negatively impacted should he not succeed in putting down a near perfect bunt, the batter must put the ball in play in order to advance the base runner and allow him to be in a better position to score a run for the good of the team.
As leaders, we are often called on to sacrifice our time and efforts to do things that put our team in a better place. The next time you are faced with a leadership decision, consider a sacrifice bunt.
Chairman & CEO