By Ron Price
Leaders of organizations are constantly challenged to find ways to be more productive, more efficient and to increase the bottom line. Leaders expect a lot from their employees, and often push them hard to achieve the desired results. For some, when the results don’t match the goals, they fail to look in the mirror; instead blaming their failures and shortcomings on their people.
It’s a bit surprising to me. 48 years into my own journey of leadership, it seems I’m only beginning to see the potential of connecting more deeply and successfully with “my” people. Most of the barriers I can see today aren’t caused by my people at all; they are obstacles that I still need to overcome inside of me. My preferences, my biases, and my reactions are often what keep me from seeing and pursuing something much greater, more profitable and more satisfying.