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Time as an Asset

Posted by Dave Griffith on April 23, 2016 at 4:50 PM

I have been thinking about leadership these days. I give an annual lecture on leadership at both Penn and The Fox School at Temple and have done some for many years. It is based on the premise that time and where one spends time is one of the defining attributes of good leadership.

Time is an asset that you as an individual have some control over. How you spend it, on what, and with what intensity is very much an individual decision. If one looks at time as an investment then it takes on the attribute of providing a return. Time spent reading, time spent exercising, time spent listening, time spent being a parent, time in reflection or prayer, time in the service to others all provide a return, all be it on a very individual scale.

In my experience individuals that I would consider leaders share the attribute of being very deliberate with their time. The overwhelming observation is that leaders are curious and seek information, listen with intention, and actively set aside time to reflect. They understand intuitively that information and decision making is a team sport. They also understand that accountability is first an individual attribute before it is an organizational one.

Time spent is also a reflection of priorities. It is here that my current work at ECS provides insights. I deeply respect individuals who provide financial resources to help us do the work that we do. What inspires are individuals who also give of their time in the service of others. Our volunteers at ECS and volunteers in this work overall; represent individual leadership and accountability at its best.

Today I spent a few hours with the good people of Darby, ECS, and some fellow Kenyon alumni clearing a lot and building raised beds in anticipation of an urban garden taking shape at our joint Darby mission. We worked and shared a meal. Today I saw leadership at work and I am privileged to witness it every day.

If you agree that time is indeed your asset, one you control, one that yields you a return, we would love you to join us in our work. We can always use a leader.


Categories: ECS Outreach, Muddy Boots, Leadership

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