Limiting Your Potential — A Sincere Word of Warning

Guard yourself from the notion that your way is the right way and only way. Or that the way you’ve always done it is the way you’ll always do it.

I know this sounds so obvious. And of course, as creative artists we would never hang our hat on the notion that we’ll never try something in a new way, or that we’ll never allow room for improvement.

And yet, sometimes our actions can say otherwise.

As leaders we are expected to run into dark places without a map and proclaim “Follow me!” Meanwhile, our followers can’t seem to stop asking questions and suggesting new paths.

Don’t you wish they would all just be quiet and stop questioning every plan?

Don’t you just wish?

Of course not.

Of course we don’t.

And yet, sometimes our actions say that we do.

“Leaders who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people with nothing important to say.” -Andy Stanley

How are you guarding yourself from the notion that your way is the only way?

Are you giving your team time to discuss and wrestle with an issue for which you may already have an answer?

Are you allowing for the possibility that what your team comes up with might be different than what you think should happen?

Are you allowing for the possibility that your way or your idea may have been wrrrr…wrong?

Are you allowing your team the opportunity to scrap what they’ve been doing for so long and to start doing something completely new or different?

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