“People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jack gets very excited this time of year. He stumbles on a perfect gift that he knows EVERYONE on his list must have. It’s clever, and he finds it useful. Convinced his friends and family can no longer live without it, he buys a dozen or so. Watching the excitement in his eyes, I know it’s not laziness. He’s convinced. The sad part comes when the reaction is not as he hoped. He begins “selling” to inspire excitement.
As leaders it’s tempting to take such an approach to employee development. We offer the development that comes naturally.
Development is most meaningful when we leverage our unique gifts with the areas the employee is looking to develop. We won’t be able to fulfill their entire developmental wishlist. That’s okay.
Great leaders are developmental matchmakers. Continue Reading…