I was out on the street today and witnessed something i was itching to write about

      I was out on the street today and witnessed something I was itching to write about. I saw a woman and her son walking on the sidewalk. They approached the street and the child stopped while his mother continued to cross. (I notice that this kid is probably old enough to cross himself.) After about 5 steps she realizes that her son is still on the curb. He holds his hand out expecting the mother to come back to grab his hand to lead him across the street.

The woman said: Come on, you’re 7 years old. You know how to cross the street yourself, you don’t need your hand held.”

So the boy looked both ways before crossing and proceeded on his way. This reminds me the way a true leader handles situations in business. Leaders are not hand holders. They don’t steer the ship, they choose the course.

I remember my first day of high school. Right before I walked out the door on my first day my mother told me she wasn’t going to do my laundry anymore or make my breakfast in the morning. I thought: “What? Why does my mother hate me?”

Looking back today, I am so glad that she said that. She let go of my hand and basically told me to grow up without actually saying it. Now it’s the things like this that have made me a better person in regards of taking more responsibility for myself and have definitely helped me in my business adventures over the years.

You see, leaders inspire followers to not only perform as expected, but to exceed expectations. They don’t have to “hold hands” to in order to lead. They don’t really have to persuade for others to follow.

Let’s look at the difference between a manager and a leader. A manager will “tell” you what you need to do in order to climb the corporate “ladder” to reach success. Managers a lot of times are also “hand holders”. A leader, on the other hand, leads by “doing”. They make sure that “ladder” is leaning on the right wall. Look at the mom who didn’t allow the child to hold on to her hand. In a way, she’s a leader. She knew her son was very capable of crossing the street without her assistance. She had to let go, just like my mom did.

I consider my mother a leader because she stopped “holding my hand”. I had to grow up quick and learn things for myself and now I thank her for allowing myself to find my own way when I had no idea where to go. This has made me into a stonger person and a better businessman. I encourage you all to either stop “holding someone’s hand” or let go of the one you are holding!

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