From the Editor

Amy M. WeaverSome of my earliest, fondest memories are of the afternoons I spent with my grandfather growing up.

On our walks through the woods or flying kites, I learned how to slow down and appreciate the world around me, how to find joy and beauty in quiet moments spent with people we love.

On our trips to cut lilacs for my grandmother or to pick up groceries for dinner, I learned how to be thoughtful, and how simple acts of kindness could demonstrate our appreciation and respect for others.

On our car rides home, when we would sing “America the Beautiful” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” in a round, I learned not to be afraid of my own voice, to be proud of myself and to value all I had to give to the world.

My grandfather was one of my greatest role models — my definition of what it means to be a good human being.

He worked in the stone quarries growing up and was a plane mechanic in World War II. Later, he went on to serve as a police officer for 35 years, filling his spare time and retirement with carpentry work for the state. He delivered babies in the back of his patrol car on more than one occasion. He stood up to bullies. He helped strangers. He once traded a pistol for a pair of binoculars. He believed, without ever being told, that all people deserved kindness and respect.

Even on the day he died at the age of 100, his presence could still fill a room — his 6-foot frame, broad chest, and hands that could envelop those of many adult men.

As illustrated by the individuals featured in this issue, much of leadership comes back to our humanity. It is not about titles or the size of our staff. It is not reflected in our paychecks or in the number of years we’ve worked. It is the way we walk through the world, our vision of what could be and our fortitude to pursue it, the way we build up and inspire others to be the best of themselves and to come with us on the journey.

I am most proud of myself when I see my grandfather reflected in my actions. He remains my truest definition of what it means to be a leader.

All the best,

Amy Weaver
Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

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