After much discussion and disagreement, the students were asked to write down their individual choices and pass them to the front of the room.
Once the papers were collected the teacher tallied up the list and wrote on the board the responses that had gotten the most votes:
1. Egypt’s Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter’s Basilica
7. China’s Great Wall
Everyone was excited about the list, except for one student who was sitting in the back of the classroom and who remained extremely quiet. She hadn’t even turned in a paper.
The teacher asked, “Are you having trouble with your list?”
The girl quietly answered, “Yes, I am having a little trouble—I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many great wonders!”
The teacher said, “Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help.”
The girl hesitated, but then slowly and quietly began to read her version of the Seven Wonders of the World:
1. To see
2. To hear
3. To touch
4. To taste
5. To feel
6. To laugh
7. To love
Lead From Within: The seven wonders of the world may be places on our list—places we want to visit, places where we see beauty or greatness. But if you really think about it, what are the seven wonders in your life and leadership? Which ones of them make the biggest difference? How can you make them matter even more?
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.