I was particularly taken by Justin Bariso's recent article in Inc. about Isaiah Thomas' letter to the City of Boston and the lessons it teaches about Emotional Intelligence.
I often talk about authenticity, and the ability to be yourself, even sharing one's vulnerabilities. Well, Isaiah masterfully crafts his word,s and you can tell he talks from the heart. Being traded by the Celtics to the Cavaliers was traumatic for him. When you think about it, packing up your family and moving is no small task physically, mentally and emotionally. Furthermore, his heart was in Boston.
As leaders, we all influence. Isaiah certainly influenced me. His message reverberates far beyond basketball.