Leaders and managers have a tendency to get myopic. The focus is on the job at hand, getting results, leading the way, setting vision, etc. And I suppose this is as it should be – at times.
One of the easiest things to forget is that we are also responsible for the people around us. What result are we getting from them? Or better question, what result are we getting IN them? Are they learning, improving skills, gaining opportunity, taking leadership?
A quote I read this weekend:
Treat people as if they are what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being. (Johann Wolfgang van Goethe)
Made me pause a bit and think about where I might have missed the mark. Am I treating people as if they are what they should be right at this moment? What am I doing to help people become what they are capable of being?
In the midst of management angst and the drive to complete a task, maybe it is time to step back and think that the task might be completed better if I spend more time investing in the team around me.
Respect – it’s a dying art.