I recently read a story by John Maxwell about a quaint European village. I want to put my own spin on the story but I give John the credit of this example and inspiration. I’m from Hope, Arkansas and as you know, there are a couple of politicians that were born in Hope. I still believe in a place called Hope. Whoops, I think someone has already used that one. If we had to use names for the story we could use… well…let’s just use the names Bill and Mike for this example. This is a hypothetical story and has nothing to do with politics or leadership ability. Forget your views on politics and whether you view my fictional characters Bill or Mike as leaders. In fact you will not hear their name in the story. I just want you to think of a couple of people from Hope. Here is the story:
A group of European tourists were touring Hope, Arkansas, a small town in the southwest corner of the state. They visited the Watermelon Festival, the downtown area, some of the local businesses and a few of the churches. A few of the European tourists were very excited about the history of this small town. While dining at one of the local restaurants, one of the tourist’s engaged an elderly man in conversation about the town. He discovered the elderly gentleman had lived there his entire life. Eager to hear more about the town’s history he asked the elderly gentleman “Have any great men, women or leaders been born here?” “Nope” said the elderly gentlemen, “only babies”.
I thought this was a great example of the value of what we are exposed to in our life. I do not believe people are born as a great leader, supervisor or manager anymore than a person is born a great brain surgeon. I truly believe it is what we read, listen to, watch and the people we are around that shape us into something different than what we are. This can be good or bad. All true leaders were born “a baby”.
Have any great leaders, managers or supervisors been “born” in your company? Did they bring their skill sets with them? Did you provide the training or was that brutal, expensive, time-consuming teacher called experience the one responsible for most of the changes in your organization?
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