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The Inspiration that Is Jean Béliveau

As I listen to the tributes given to Jean Béliveau what is striking are the words used to describe him.  Without exception, people comment above all on his presence, his humility, his kindness, his gentleness.  They comment on how he made everyone around him great; how he was a genuinely nice man, who was always present in every interaction.

As I reflect on this great human being, what I see is a Mindful leader.  He exhibits all of the 9 ways of being a Mindful leader.  And that is what is truly remarkable.  When we witness 4 or 5 of the 9 ways at one time, we know we are witnessing something special.  But, to witness all the 9 qualities is to be in the presence of someone remarkable, a true inspiration.

What is also remarkable is that this man won 10 Stanley Cups as a player and was one of the greatest hockey players of all time.  But, what people especially remember is that he was a great human being that inspired many, and made a difference in countless lives.  In fact, his outstanding professional accomplishments are almost overshadowed by his refined consciousness.  And it is this that inspires us.  In admiring him, it instills hope in humanity and in ourselves, that perhaps we too, can be greater than we thought possible, and thereby make a difference in the lives we touch.


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