What got you here hasn’t got them here
Your continued rise up the leadership ranks is due, in part, to your ability to deliver high standards. I’m guessing you achieve such goals due to your internal drivers. You would continue to deliver these strong results even when your own boss doesn’t recognise your work. You succeed because of the intrinsic reward you get from seeing a job well done. It’s satisfying.
This motivated approach of the classic self-starter, gets recognised by someone within the organisation and you end up being promoted and asked to lead others. The hope is that you will be able to sprinkle larger and larger teams with some of the magic that you have been seen to apply to your own work. The Board, major shareholders and other key stakeholder will want you to be able to clone yourself.
And of course, that hope of replicating your talents in others, presents a massive and rather fundamental problem. It can’t be done. Moreover, of all the people tasked with such a challenge, you may be one of the worst placed to achieve it.
What you do comes naturally – to you.
If we accept, you and I are uniquely different, it suggests rather than assume I am able or willing to do what you do in the way that you do it, that you as my leader help me find my own ways to achieve, which fit me better. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the approach to external recognition. We know you don’t need it (much) but it’s likely that I do. If you apply your own standards to me, I am likely to become de-motivated. I need the energy and learning that comes directly from you providing me with feedback and yes, even some praise now and again. If I were motivated in the same way that you are, I would be sitting where you are. I’m not. I’m me and you are you.Stop thinking that I work in the same way you do. I don’t. Give me some recognition. Provide me with some feedback. Stretch me. Support me. I can flourish in my own way.
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