Aye Aye Captain

Recently my oldest daughter was nominated to be one of the captains of her swim team, 57848683which is AWESOME. But, to me, what makes it even better is that she was nominated by her teammates. This was the first year the girls had a say  in who was to be the captain. They were given the following categories to choose from:

  1. Kind
  2. Hardworking
  3. Supportive
  4. Trustworthy
  5. Respectful
  6. Motivated
  7. Spirited
  8. Vocal
  9. Positive Attitude
  10. Inspiring

After this process, I started thinking about how this would apply to the work place. Where would my past managers or supervisors fit into this? Where did I fit into this as an employee? Where do YOU fit into this right now in your current position?

You see, the captain may not always be the absolute best swimmer on the swim team, or the fastest runner on the track team. But a captain can do so much more. The captain picks you up when you are down. The captain brings you energy when you may not have any. The captain does things behind the scenes that most people on the team have no idea are being done.

A captain leads by example. A captain is humble and thankful for the position. A captain is someone you can count on to be there in both good and bad times.

A captain isn’t just on a sport team or a ship, but there are captains all over your workplace. Maybe they are rewarded financially or with a title or status. Maybe you have a silent captain. What is important is that no matter your roll in whatever you do, possessing those 10 attributes above can take you a long way.

Be happy. Be healthy and be the captain of your own ship!


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