Good character in a professional setting is measured not by how you treat those who are at your level or above you, but rather how you treat those working their way up the ladder.
While appearing as a guest on the GAC network, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Vince Gill was asked, “Who inspires you the most?”
He responded, “Anybody that ever treated me kind when I was young. Musicians or whoever I would have the opportunity to be around—if someone was nice to me, I never forgot it. I still have some friends that I made back 35 or 40 years ago. When I was around a great musician that I admired, I was like a little puppy dog asking, ‘What kind of guitar strings do you use or what kind of pick do you use?’ When they were kind and welcoming, it made an impact. So I always try to be kind to the young people that are trying to learn to do this.”
Character and kindness go hand-in-hand.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. (Hosea 11:4)
Loving Creator, may I see Your reflection in everyone I meet and treat them accordingly.