After one of the most stressful days of my working career, I opened my email, for like the first time today.
And this is what I saw:
And I must say, that after reading this, it put today in perspective!
Disadvantage and distance motivate flight.
In praise of disadvantage:
Ease and comfort are the enemies of growth. On the other hand, strategic disadvantage is advantageous. Make things harder not easier. Uncomfortable challenges provide emerging leaders opportunities to rise up, develop new abilities, and eventually take flight on their own.
Welcome difficulties don’t resist. Step out of the nest. You’ll drop toward the ground, bang into things, and ungracefully flap. But eventually, you’ll fly. Trust your gifts.
Leadership development bluebird style:
- Create stress.
- Provide less expect more.
- Stand nearby but don’t hover.
- Model behaviors.
- Let them struggle. Ungraceful flight is better than no flight.
New opportunities that test skills and challenge abilities create advantageous stress. Baby bluebirds fly because they live in a fly or die world.
How can leaders create disadvantages that help the nest-bound take flight?
When does help become a disadvantage?