having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
Angelina Jolie made the day of some college students at her Oscars rehearsal. Here’s the story, from Angelina Jolie Charms Oscar Rehearsal Actors by Sandy Cohen:
She hung around chatting to show producers and introduced herself as “Angie” to a group of college students serving as trophy carriers this year.
“You’ll help make the night a fun night,” she said warmly to the star-struck students. One told her, “You were great out there.”
…Jolie presented an award on stage, and when a rehearsal actor stepped up to claim it, she gave him a hug.
“For this rehearsal only,” he said, “I am one lucky bastard.”
Ms. Jolie is this year’s recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. She is a humanitarian. That means, at its very essence, that she is concerned about people – you know, one human being at a time. And this short description about her interaction at the Oscars rehearsal reveals that she probably has the right stuff for this award.
We hear a lot about people skills. Leaders need them — really, everyone needs them. It seems to me that all people skills start here: you have to like people. And, I think this story about Angelina Jolie reminds us that getting this right goes a long way, and makes a lasting impact.