The first and most important truth any leader must understand is that the human beings who work inside every kind of organization possess unlimited potential. They have the ability to solve any problem and the adaptability to respond to unforeseen circumstances. It may be the most overworked truism in the business world, but employees are indeed the most valuable resource and asset that any company has.
There’s no question that bad stuff happens. When a close friend or family member dies, it’s appropriate to feel grief. Similarly, good stuff happens. If you suddenly get an unexpected windfall, for example, it’s appropriate to feel stoked.
Most of the time, though, the stuff that happens isn’t dramatically positive or negative. It’s just stuff that happens. Whether you let that stuff make you happy or miserable is entirely dependent upon your beliefs.
Is leadership born or built? What about the in-between position that says early childhood is an imprinting that’s hard to undo? That faction claims that unless the tendency to lead is learned early on, it’s not likely to happen later in life.
Along with family and friends, our working life is one of the most important things in most of our lives. As well as needing to pay the bills, the reality is we probably spend far more of our time with our work colleagues than with our loved ones.
Portfolio workers, by nature, juggle more than one project. Knowing how to manage disjointed schedules with different workflows is tough. But the single best way to figure out how to use your time is to know how you actually use your time.
As a leader, one of your key roles is to identify and develop potential future leaders.
For me, the most telling environment in which to assess leadership potential is that old stand-by, the management meeting. Precisely because it is often routine, prosaic, even boring, the contrast between those who have leadership potential (and those who don’t) is often stark.
"Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is more perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy."
Thomas Aquinas (~ 1260)
You would think that people would be excited when those around them do well. However, I’m finding that this is not as common as you would want to believe. People will say and even act as if they want you to succeed, but in reality they don’t want you to succeed “that Well”!