A Life in the Shadow of a Leader

Since birth, I have been following in the footsteps of a leader. The leader I am referring to is my grandfather. He went from being a mailman and a fireman barely getting by to branching out on his own and starting a real estate company that has been in business for more than 50 years. But that is not why I consider him a leader.

My grandfather is a leader because he does things the right way. He is a smart business man but I don’t think he has ever made a decision without using his heart and considering how each move he makes will affect the other parties involved. He has given so much to others and his community.

The greatest sign of him being a leader is that he raised his sons to be leaders as well. They have taken it upon themselves to help as much as they can in their communities as well. So how does one keep up with the shadows that they have cast upon myself? Now don’t take this as I feel it is an obligation that I have to do things to keep up with them because it is not. To me it is a right to be able to help others and my community and it is because of the leadership of my grandfather that I feel this way.

Until this point I have just helped with organizations that my father and uncle are a part of. The #AuroraLeadership Academy has given me the stepping stones and the courage to go out and find my own path in helping my community. Now it us up to me to start my own shadow.

J.D. Dolan is a Real Estate Broker with Dolan & Murphy Inc. Dolan & Murphy Inc. has been in business for more than 50 years. He has been with the company for about six years now.


One Response to “A Life in the Shadow of a Leader”

  1. Yolanda Dunn says:

    A legacy of leadership! How awesome is that! I am sure your father did things slightly different than your grandfather and yoi will do the same!