As a leader it is easy at times to forget the influence we have on people either by position, title, or by perception. We have the ability to be a positive force or a destructive element in the lives of so many by what we say or don’t say, do or don’t do. It’s a responsibility we have, which we must ever be mindful.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe helps put things in perspective for me and the responsibilities that are inherent in being a leader.
“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.”
Be good to yourself and to those you lead…