The Every Day Leader: Sparrow Leadership Principles

Spring has finally arrived in the Great Peach State of Georgia! Oh to wake up to birds singing, there seems to be nothing better in the entire world! This is indeed a true refresher to the soul after a long winter. Some how that first month of spring seems to be the most appreciated of the season.

I recently stepped out into the black abyss, my garage, and decided to tackle a few things that were in disarray. As I swept the leaves and pine straw away, I reached up to clean the same mess from the shelves. I was wondering what those kids had been up to now?!

Just as I was about to knock the pine straw and leaves to the garage floor, I looked a bit closer at the mess, and there I saw it… this organized mess had a pattern to it. A deliberate pattern, as if each piece of the mess had been carefully placed. As I peered at it, I saw that this “mess” was no other than a little home to some new “neighbors” a family of birds had moved right in and made themselves comfortable on my garage shelf. This explained the sudden uptick in bird traffic I had seen recently coming and going in the garage.

I thought about the strategically located nest and how it was the perfect place: safe, dry, warm, out of danger, camouflaged, and yet there was just one thing wrong with this picture… they never realized they would not have access to their quaint little home all the time. How awful for their little one’s had they not been able to get to them.

As leaders, how many times have we had tunnel vision? Have we built the perfect system or service and yet failed to consider who would use it? How many times have we focused on our bottom line and forgot to value our staff that really makes things happen?

It is so easy to lose sight of the big picture; to get bogged down in the details of life and business, customers and products that we miss the reason we are doing what we are doing and why we do it.

May we as leaders always be quick to appreciate those who came along with us on the journey, quick to look beyond our surroundings and see what lies ahead, quick to protect those in our care, and always look for ways to make our “nest” stronger, more connected, and keep it out of danger. This can be done through hiring the right people, instilling an atmosphere that does not tolerate gossip, valuing employees, doing everything with integrity and excellence, and building a bridge of trust with every customer.