I was taking a train from Hamburg to Amsterdam today and had some time to watch families and, especially, fathers. The majority of the fathers took an aisle seat. They gave their kids the best part of the sandwich (and at the crust) and they never took the last piece of candy.

Think about Thanksgiving dinner: Who received the best piece of the turkey? I bet it was never your father. I’m sure there were many instances where your father missed an important sports game because you wanted to watch some kid’s show or asked your father to read a book to you.

Sure, these are small things. Nevertheless, it’s an important characteristics of a good father: You are happy because you make other people happy. You do things for others without expecting anything in return.

That’s at the core of being a good father.

A good leader.

And a good human being.

Happy Father’s Day.