I am watching a management style emerge. As I think through my analysis, different examples come to mind that support each point. The one that has emerged late is an awareness of where his focus is. He can see in several directions, upwards, laterally, and to a degree below him. I am not sure his vision connects the distinct viewpoints. More importantly, in each direction I question the depth. Is he looking deeply, past the clichés and positive remarks, through the painted images, into the heart?
As I reflect, I remind myself that I rarely worry about failure. Even if I do not see everything, I usually have a long lessons list when I do not succeed. I worry about success. Was I just lucky? Do I know why? If my actions played a part in the reason, can I repeat the process and know that it will work in other situations?
I find a combination of luck and timing are leading reasons for success. Beyond that, the reason one delivers on expectations usually rests on the contributions of others. When we collaborate with others, winning happens. As we work together, sharing the load, coaching and exchanging our views and perspectives, great outcomes become reality. The secret ingredient we often do not see is the magic that comes when we are connected with others in achieving something greater than what any one of us could accomplish on our own.
Leadership emerges when managers connect with individuals in tangible ways. Great leadership occurs when the connection occurs consistently in every direction and dimension. David left us a note, reminding us that we should “watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him, the ones who are looking for his love.” (Psalm 33.18) It is a reminder of a leadership model that produces incredible outcomes. It can be replicated and repeated, especially when we add compassion, mercy, and acceptance. We are family. We are all children of God.
Sometimes we forget. Each day is a time to remember and act with that memory. We set our path.