Your team is telling itself a story. Is it the story needed to succeed?
The stories that seem magical, that possess a plot where we come together and overcome our biggest obstacles, have certain elements:
- Important to remember is that the villain isn’t always a person or a competitor. It’s often in our own thinking or destructive beliefs that get in our way. For example: “We’ve never been good at innovating – and we’ll never succeed at it now.” That belief is a villain.
- It’s quite common (thanks to the human ego) for people to want to be the hero. The hero, after all, gets the credit and is often the star. Yet, this narrative your team is writing isn’t a Marvel comic script. And, if we have too many ego-driven heroes we end up with Batman vs Superman and none of us win. It’s worth considering: What type of heroes do we need on this team?
- Often overlooked in all good stories is the guide. She or he is the one who doesn’t need the spotlight, yet works tirelessly to facilitate the wisdom and develop the strength the heroes will need to persevere.
It’s worth considering: If we choose to be the hero, there’s only one of us (and our energy is finite). If we elect to be the guide however, then our powers are expansive, our influence more significant: Our brilliance is revealed in supporting numerous heroes in their quest for excellence.
Who’s better than a hero? A guide who develops many heroes.
(Whatever your part is, play it well.)