What would you say is a key to success when navigating a challenge as a group? There’d be many that would come to mind I assuming, especially when you consider all the different situations, complexities, who’s involved and circumstances that could be thrown in to spice up the types of problem solving required. Context definitely matters. But…
“Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery.” – Warren Bennis
A few weeks ago, when posed with a similar question, a Year 6 student responded in this way: “A key to success is giving space for others to lead”. It was at the beginning of the day and we’d just completed our first small groups challenge (approximately 8 students in each group). This girl shared this connection as she unpacked the journey her team had just been on: excitement, preparation, planning, experimentation, distraction, failure, experimentation again, near success, failure, disappointment, regrouping, refocussing, experimentation again, achieving success, celebrating, regrouping, refocussing, attempting the next level of the challenge, and so it goes on.
“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” – Blaine Lee
So I wonder, what individual and collective thoughts, words and actions help us create space for others to L.E.A.D. with me?
“You do not lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower