SOS Leadership is a family business. It is a business that I started with the greatest leader I have ever known, my dad Bill Moyer. There are so many examples of leadership that I could talk about pertaining to my dad, but something that happened recently really stands out.
A couple weeks ago, my wife and I were going through some boxes of things from when I was a kid. We found old papers and some very great works of art. We found old report cards, which made my wife question my intelligence. There was one constant in our findings. We found at least 50 notes to me from my dad.
When I was a kid, my dad traveled a lot for work. Every time he would go away, he would leave me a note under my pillow. It was always so much fun reading those notes before I went to bed. It was like he was still there with me even though he was out of town. The notes were always simple, but they were always just what I needed. They always encouraged me. And they always ended with “I love you” and “I am proud of you,” which is something not enough fathers say to their kids.
One of the most interesting thoughts that came to me in finding all of these old notes is realizing the amount of time my dad traveled for work. Anyone that has spoken in 36 countries and 49 states obviously would have been gone a lot, but I never really realized he was gone that much. Seeing all the notes makes it obvious that he was gone a lot, but even with that he never missed any major event in my life. Work was always a priority for him, but it was never his number one priority. That is something I have learned from him and something I will be sure to remember when I start a family.
Our parents should be the most important leaders in our lives. My parents understood that and really stepped up. My dad understood his responsibilities as a leader and even as he climbed the ladder in the business world, he always was present as a father, even when he was not actually around. I am so thankful for him and his leadership. He is my hero, and I hope I can Lead Like Dad!