I haven’t written a leadership lesson lately – although I’m learning tons about leadership. Last week, I asked my server at a restaurant if she was amazing. She came to get my order and I ask, “How amazing are you?” My main motivation was to order something off menu – something that she would have had to ask permission to do. The other reason was to assert some leadership and get what I truly craved.
It was all in good fun, but my server was definitely feeling the pressure. She said, “I have never had so much of my self-worth riding on my job.” I definitely wasn’t trying to be a jerk, but I had created an opportunity for her – an opportunity to be amazing.
She pulled through and was able to make happen what I was craving. She was amazing – actually – she was amazing whether she was able to pull it off or not, but I gave her an opportunity to be.
As leaders, we can create these opportunities for the leaders that follow us to be amazing. I like the idea that we can give an opportunity to be amazing.
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