"…Bergoglio used to stress that the seminarians were a family, and each person had to do his share of the chores to support the other family members. Even though Bergoglio was their superior and carried a heavy administrative and teaching load, he also chipped in, taking the role of community laundry man.
Any seminarians awake at 5:30 in the morning could find him down in the basement, pitching bales of laundry into balky, 1980s-style industrial washing machines.
Why has that image stuck with them for more than three decades?
I suspect it’s because Bergoglio was embodying three vital leadership principles that every good parent instinctively understands, but that too many managers and executives forget.
Don’t tell us you value us, show us.
Many managers talk about respect, but treat team members more like tools than human beings. If you want to win the confidence and trust of your team, demonstrate in deeds that you value them.
Your corporate headquarters may not have a laundry machine, but I’m sure you can come up with some other way to demonstrate your concern for the team.
Don’t ask us to make sacrifices that you are unwilling to make.”
[From: When Pope Francis was put on laundry duty ]