The boy I work with (lovingly referred to as "The Kid" online for his protection) is becoming quite the empathetic and loving soul. I quickly recognized him as both when I started working with him last summer, and with gentle reinforcement and praise he's showing it proudly more often. Let me explain with a conversation I shared with the Facebook world last night...
We discussed it further over dinner, and he chose to text the boy (who happens to be one of his closest friends) and suggested he apologize to the girl. This was his own idea and he was nervous about the outcome and possible backlash from his friend. Not five minutes later a reply came through that simply read, "You're right, I'll apologize tomorrow."
I'm so very proud of how The Kid chose to handle this situation. I smiled at him and asked if he realized what a great leader he is. He shook his head and said that didn't matter and he wasn't doing it to be a leader, he just doesn't think it's right for someone to be the butt of a joke.
I smiled and said, "and that's why you are a great leader."