In every society, there are “human benchmarks”–certain individuals whose behavior becomes a model for everyone else—shining examples that others admire and emulate. We call these individuals “class acts.” Dan Sullivan, Cofounder and president of The Strategic Coach, Inc.
June marks two years since my family moved to Matagorda. In that time, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a handful of people that easily fall into the description of “Class Acts,” but the irony is that they would be the last to acknowledge themselves with that distinction, which only solidifies their membership in such an elite group. They handle themselves with grace in the best and the worst of situations, leaving the rest of us in awe of their humility and integrity. They come from all walks of life, and whether they’re having a small gathering at home or hosting an event at the Four Seasons Hotel, they treat everyone with the same amount of respect.
Lucky for us, it’s not necessary to be genetically predisposed with the “Class Act” gene. Jack Canfield wrote a book titled The Success Principles (How to Get from Where You are to Where You Want to Be) that zeros in on principles adapted from Dan Sullivan’s model of class act behavior:
1) Live by your own highest standard; 2) Maintain dignity and grace under pressure; 3) Focus and improve the behavior of others; 4) Operate from a larger, inclusive perspective; 5) Increase the quality of every experience; 6) Counteract meanness, pettiness, and vulgarity; 7) Take responsibility for actions and results; 8) Strengthen the integrity of all situations; 9) Expand the meaning of being human; and 10) Increase the confidence and capabilities of others.
Who knew how much hard work goes into being a Class Act! Canfield writes, “Strive to free yourself from the many fears and anxieties that diminish the imagination and ambition of most people. Instead, operate outside the world of conventionality in your own world of expansion, creativity, and accomplishment.” Like me, I bet you’re thinking of a few individuals in leadership positions you deal with every day (who will remain nameless) that would benefit from incorporating these principles into their management style. Strategic placement of this news article would be highly recommended!
*Originally published in the Bay City Tribune on June 5, 2016.