Bring out the Best
As a leader one of your responsibilities is to bring out the best in the people that you work with and/or lead. This sounds great, right? We all want to see people operating in their strengths and contributing in a way that makes them feel successful. The challenge with this is the process. Sometimes bringing out the best in people is messy, sometimes they don’t like it, sometimes they don’t know they need it and oftentimes they don’t realize that they’ll come out stronger/better on the other side. That is what you as a leader have to gauge. How much tension can you create that will enable that person to grow and stretch beyond their comfort zone without snapping? I have numerous journal entries about my struggles with this as a leader. Sometimes it takes years before an employee will see or acknowledge how you helped them be better because you pushed them, you believed in them and you pulled more out of them than they thought they had to give. Sometimes they just get mad and give up. I’ve had both happen to me. I’m still figuring out this tension and I think it varies from person to person and circumstance to circumstance.
I’d love to hear your stories about how you bring out the best in others!