Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story of a boss who is leading with compassion to help his employees. Rudy Quinones manages Renown Auto Restoration in San Antonio, TX. For the last 13 years, Albert Brigas has been a loyal and devoted employee. Albert is 69-years-old and a Vietnam veteran who has been dreaming of retiring for years. However, he could not afford to retire until his home was fully paid off – something he would not be able to do until the end of next year. Rudy knew that Albert wanted to retire to spend more time with his wife and grandkids, so he wanted to help him to do that faster. Rudy called Albert into his office last month and wrote him a $5000 check to pay off the rest of his mortgage, effectively allowing his loyal employee to retire immediately. Rudy said of the gift, “To give something they’ve been yearning for their whole lives – it’s incredible.” Rudy’s action embodies what it is lead with compassion when in a position of authority.
We all have positions of authority in life. Whether it be at work, in our families, amongst our friends, or even online, we all have people who look to us for support and guidance of some kind. Jesus lived his life in a position of authority to his followers, and even though he had to sternly rebuke certain behaviors at times, the one thing he always exhibited was compassion. He also held no record of wrongs — he treated his followers with the same love and compassion even when they had angered him just a day before. The Bible says, “ Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” The most important quality to show as a leader is compassion, as no one follows someone who doesn’t care about them. If we lead with compassion first, all other desirable leadership qualities—even the tough ones— will be viewed in that compassionate light. Today, lead with compassion those who look to you for leadership. Make sure they know you care and even when they fail or anger you, renew your compassion each day.
“ Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” — Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV