True leadership isn’t defined by taking charge in moments of adversity. It shows up at its best in those small moments that comprise our daily habits.
When you were young, how many times were you asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I think the better question to begin asking is, “What value do you want to bring to this world?” The former question asks our children to choose a role they want to play to make a living. The latter requires them to decide the kind of person they want to become. Regardless of the role they choose.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Bik Dhillon. So far he’s helped me lose over 20 of the extra 70 pounds I’ve been carrying around for years. He’s the first one who has helped me get this far this fast. But his knowledge is only part of what sets him apart.
Dr. Dhillon is a true servant leader. He understands how important it is that we be there for each other. I saw this yesterday in a brief interaction he had with a salesperson.
I stood beside him as he helped an employee navigate the computerized bookkeeping system.
Just then, an energetic, young salesman bounced through the door. Dr. Dhillon turned to meet this young man with his signature Dr. Dhillon smile.
Dr. Dhillon’s weight loss regimen revolves more around lifestyle change instead of quick fixes. This young man explained his services for physicians who offer liposuction and cosmetic surgery. He concluded, “If you ever decide to offer these services, please keep us in mind.” To which Dr. Dhillon replied with a smile, “You never know.” Then the young man thanked him and left.
Dr. Dhillon turned to his employee and said, “I like to make the salespeople who visit feel successful, they have a tough job.”
He could have said, “If those guys ever come in here, tell them we’re not interested.” Instead his approach was much more simple and profound. Dr. Dhillon understands that he doesn’t just serve his patients, he serves people. Whether they’re investing in his services or only asking for a moment of his time.
Smile, be supportive, be gracious, lead by example. At first, I invested in Dr. Dhillon’s expertise for improving my health. What I’ve gotten besides, is a priceless example of an enlightened physician. A man who knows the importance of holding others up as they make their way through this world.
Thanks for being you.
Please share your thoughts here and please share this story with others.