Do You Have The Leadership Qualities of a High School Senior?

Leadership Qualities of High School StudentsAfter visiting Rod Hames' 6th grade class at Crews Middle School during a speaking engagement, I was led to write a blog entitled: Do You Have The Leadership Qualities of a 6th Grader? 

The students in Rod’s class have been trained in Chick Fil A's Core Four leadership qualities. When I was greeted by these 6th graders, each one looked me in the eyes, shock my hand firmly, and gave me an enthusiastic smile as they introduced themselves and made a genuine connection with me. It left quite an impression!

In keeping with the same leadership theme, here's another question for you: Do you have the leadership qualities of a high school senior?

Check out this amazing video and then read my quick commentary below.



The Leadership Qualities of a High School Senior

There are a lot of heroes in this story who demonstrate great leadership qualities:

  • The coach of Coronado High School, Peter Morales. His genuine friendship with Mitchell, the team manager who is developmentally disabled, demonstrates that he cares enough about Mitchell and his team to look beyond wins and loses in order to teach more important principles.
  • Mitchell himself. He shows dedication to his teammates and the sport he loves.
  • The Coronado High School students. If you're like me, their enthusiastic support for a fellow classmate moves you.

But one hero who might go unnoticed is the senior on the other team, Jonathan Montaniz. He had nothing to gain by doing what he did.

So why did he do it?

According to his own words: “I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated. I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance…deserved his opportunity.”

And with that, Jonathan made what I believe will not only be one of  the most memorable turnovers of all time, but one of the most impactful.

Here's a shout out to all the heroes in this story. Thanks for modeling powerful leadership qualities to us!