24 Jan Executive Coaching – 3 Keys to Being a Hero… It’s Possible (2 of 4)
3 Keys to being a Hero…. It’s Possible (Part 2 of 4)
People don’t have to think like you do to be successful
I wrote about the cruise ship captain, in a post about heroes and villains. I promised to share three ways in which you can be a hero. Here’s the first one. It’s a way you have to look at life in order to be a great leader. Have you ever felt like this?
- ‘Why can’t everyone just think the way I do?’
- ‘I have the answers to these issues. I know exactly what would be best.’
- ‘We could do so much more if they were more like me.’
Time after time, I run into leaders that really and truly believe that these statements make sense.
Here is the real truth, friends: You are the only ‘you’ on the planet. There is no one in the world that thinks exactly the way you do. I personally would like you to revel in that. I want you to celebrate the fact that there is only one you.
This means, of course, that no one can possibly think like you. I really don’t care how much you want them to think like you do. They don’t and they won’t.
Knowing this truth, how can you move forward as a leader? Seems too simple, but . . . I recommend asking questions like this:
- What other ways can we look at this? What ideas do you have?
- In looking at this situation, how would you tackle it? What do you think?
- What else could we do? What are the pros and cons of what I just said?
Wow, I could go on and on. You should embrace the truth about your people. Understand that they think differently than you. Use that to benefit yourself as a leader and your organization. Trust me, it’s the only way.