How did you get to where you are today? I mean that as a broad question and you can think about it personally or professionally.
Chances are that at some point you were able to move a step ahead of where you were because somebody believed in you. This is pretty easy to see in most people’s professional lives. Someone hired them, or you hired a great candidate who took the position. Either way, the business relationship started with a belief in you either as an employee or an employer.
In our personal lives it may be harder to see, but most of us have a friend or maybe a family member who pushed us to try something new or to do something we always wanted to but never quite found the courage to. Or maybe it was something different. Most of us have someone who believed we could be more than we were and encouraged us.
Having a mindset of belief is at the core of leadership. A leader believes in people.
Do you take the time to let that be known? Do you regularly encourage people? Do you tell your co-workers or friends that you believe in them?
Sometimes the only difference between average and awesome is someone to believe that awesome is possible. Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”
Pay attention to those around you. Look for the best in people. Maybe you see a skill or potential in someone that they cannot use where they are. Help them find a way to get into a position of strength where they can grow and use that potential you see. Help those around you find a way to win.
The best leaders find what is best about their people, get them in a position to be their best, and then get out of the way.
Ultimately everyone reaches a point where we need to believe in ourselves. But as leaders we can spark that with our own belief in others.
But it all starts with belief. I’m going to leave you with a quote from Stephen Covey that sums it up very nicely, “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.”