Developing People Requires Tension

Developing People Requires Tension

“Managers help people see themselves as they are. Leaders help people see themselves better than they are.”
– Jim Rohn

Coaching people to realize their full potential (see themselves better than they are) requires tension – stretching the person being coached. Consider fishing. To land a big fish, you need tension on the line. If the line goes slack, you have lost it, but if you pull too hard, you risk losing it. When coaching, you will lose the other person with inconsistent engagement (letting the line go slack). You also risk losing them if you lose your patience and law down the law too often (pull the line too hard). Gentle, but continuous tension via dialogue and trust helps people develop and grow.

All contents copyright © 2013, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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