In the presence of greatness!

On the plane ride over to San Antonio for the national MGMA conference, a friend and I had the privilege of meeting Herb Kellerman, founder of Southwest airlines. Herb was humble, hugged and greeted all of his workers. He greeted the passengers, thanked them. Walked through the aisle, giving out hand shakes, thank you's, and friendly dialogue. Witnessing leadership like this makes you reflect on what kind of leader you are.

In conversation on the trip down south, a good friend, Tracy Spears, and I discussed leadership. In fact, Tracy is giving a presentation on Tuesday at the conference on Being an Effective Leader. We share the philosophy that you do not need to have a fancy title to be a leader. You can exhibit leadership qualities every day: at home, in small groups, large groups, among your peers. What does leadership look like to you? To me, it's holding myself and others accountable, motivating others, bringing out others strengths, coaching others, having courage. It's about creating the change that needs to your life, your family, your work. "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone"- Neale Donald Walsch.

Remember, make your 10 count!

Thoughts from MGMA12