Leading by Example
When I was a freshman at a junior college in New York state, the dean of students was a much older man in his 60s. He was from my hometown and happened to be a former busboy during highschool at the same Italian restaurant that I was a busboy at during highschool. He was an all American lacrosse goalie in college. I, too, played lacrosse at this college and he was the assistant. We had a connection and I respected him a great deal. He was a true leader and gentleman. Well, I often saw him pick up trash on our campus if he walked by it. I thought, here is our dean of students, not too full of himself to pick up trash, and what a great example for others. I then started to be more noticeable of trash around me and started picking up trash when I see it on the campus I have worked at for the past 24 years. Thanks, Dean Iorio, for demonstrating what right is and performing an act of kindness many times over.