Have you ever considered how your ability or willingness to see and act on the potential and possibility in people and things is an attribute of good and effective leadership?
“I’ve come to believe that a leader is anyone who holds her/ himself accountable for finding potential in people or processes.”
I add the responsibility of a person to find “possibility” as well, and the willingness to act on what they think needs to be done.
Leaders might complain, but they also work hard to find solutions.
Children don’t usually know enough to think something isn’t possible. They plant seeds from watermelons and pumpkins and dream of the harvest even when everybody else knows the climate won’t support the growth.
“It might grow!” they say. So they do what they can and nurture the seed.
When I was little I had an interesting experience with a little girl named Joanna. To make a very long story short (read the longer version here) Joanna didn’t speak to anyone outside of her family and hadn’t for years until we played together one day at her house and her joy bubbled out in to laughter. My expectation for her to play with me, even though she never played with anyone, made all the difference.
Joanna was more than her silence.
Effective leaders, whether they be parents, church leaders, friends, or employers look deeply and find hidden talents and skills in others, and inspire and stretch people to participate more fully in their own lives, and their community.
They are team builders who instinctively find a place for someone to serve and participate, no matter how he/she has been labeled by himself, his peers, or the culture he lives in.
I’ve compiled a very brief list of people who I’ve met in the Blogosphere that are natural leaders for their online and/or offline communities.
I’d like to know your story and what kinds of problems fuel your creative genius. Please share in the comments!!
I’ve known Nisha Varghese for about a year now. The main objective of her blog, she says “is to show people that anybody can make a difference.” She is a personal confidence builder as she writes her series “Kid of the Week” where she spotlights young people who make a difference in their own communities. Nisha started and completed her Clean Water Project , raising almost $8,000.! She is not defined by the wheelchair that her Cerebral Palsy has consigned her to. She understands and lives her potential because she sees the difference that her participation in the world can make.
Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo saw a problem that bloggers were having sharing their blogs as they tweeted out their posts by themselves or with the help of a few friends and fellow bloggers. They created Triberr in 2011 to give bloggers an opportunity to create communities/tribes that share each others’ blog content and increase their reach. I can’t imagine the work load and joy they have because of their creation. Triberr continues to grow, improve and bless people’s lives.
Stan Faryna , commenting on his Playdom forum for the Marvel Avengers Alliance said: “as one of the architects for the most successful guilds in this game (estimated at 30,000 members), …what counts is unlocking potential (yours, mine and others), building consensus and driving positive change in our world – even within the context of an online game. Failure may be inevitable, but the inexhaustible opportunities to make a good thing, better, are irresistible to the those who long to lead, love and uplift others.”
- Is the ability to see and act on potential and possibility something someone’s born with, or can it be learned?
- Would you say you are someone who solves problems that others complain about or have given up on?