February 12, 2013

What You See Is What You Get

As a leader you will always find your current team, circumstance, assignment, or organization as you saw your last one.

There was an old man walking from one town to the next on dirt road & a young man entering the town the old man just left asked him, “How do you find the people in the town you’re leaving?” The old man asked, “How did you find the people in the town you just left?” The young man replied, “Mean, angry, thieves, complainers, selfish, & good for nothing.” The old man responded, “You will find the ones in this town just the same.”

Your perspective is either your greatest asset or your greatest enemy. If you are constantly telling people what they are not good at, exploiting all their faults, & exposing their flaws then don’t ever expect them to rise to a higher standard. Leaders have to learn to constantly call out who their team can be, not just harp on how they are acting now. Leaders set a higher standard for their team, communicate their belief in their team to rise to it, & walk with them there.

Leaders take responsibility for their perspective & recognize that their perspective will drastically impact the outcome of their organization. If something is not happening in the organization, the leader immediately looks at himself or herself. As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises & falls on leadership.” True leaders will never shift blame upon their team, staff, or employees for the organization not being where they want it to be, they always look at themselves first.

You are the common denominator in every town, relationship, job, team, church, & place you go in the world. If you want to see your team grow then start with you. Your team will most often rise to how you see them just as you will most often rise to how you see yourself. If you want to see growth, transformation, & more productivity, check how you are seeing things now. What you see is what you get so start seeing more, better, & greater.

Let’s Do This Together
How do you view your organization, church, team, or relationships? Where have you been shifting blame on others? In what areas do you need to change your perspective?

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