Eyes twinkle. Sometimes it’s a little kid showing off a paper airplane, or writing a song. Other times it’s an adult talking about their passion, or feeling genuine excitement for a loved one.
While twinkles appear, they also disappear just as frequently. When the child is told their art doesn’t look good, or when they’re told to stick to their strengths after trying something new. Adults often have little twinkle left to lose after so many of these moments.
Great leaders, educators, parents, look for the moments when they see the twinkle appear and disappear. That is the work. Recognizing when you’ve sparked new hope, or shot down someone’s dreams. We need much more of the former, and very little of the latter.
Keep your eyes peeled.