Picture this; your toddler takes their first steps. Imagine your reaction, your fascination, your excitement. You automatically burst into cheering. There is no criticism; each momentary misstep, wobble, or even tumble is not even noticed. Imagine how this would be if you were not there to tell them that they are amazing and talented. How successful would they be the next time?
This scene seems so natural to parents. We cheer and celebrate every new thing. First words, first steps, first foods, the list goes on. Why does this change with those we lead? We think, “they’re adults, they don’t need cheerleaders.” Not true, great leadership requires great cheerleading. If you want your people to be better, cheer them on.
“We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the human spirit.” – Albert Schweitzer