Dan Rockwell (@LeadershipFreak) recently posted a blog article entitled “The Power of Frustrating Leadership Friends.” The article discussed how people around you that tend to frustrate you, sometime in the most annoying ways, are often very important because they “fill in the gaps.” Dan quotes friends that drive him to “operationalize” a strategy when he wants to move on to designing the next initiative. For a thinker like Dan I can see how that might frustrate him.
I am sure we all have people around us that “fill in the gaps” and if we were honest are very grateful for their interventions!
Dan also included a statement in this blog that said:
“The richness of leadership is found in community, not isolation. Cultivate a team that shares your values but looks at things different from you.”
I responded by commenting on his blog as follows:
“That is such a powerful statement and points to everything I believe in as a leader. I feel very strongly that you can’t lead without having a team that shares your values. I spend time ensuring additions to the team are aligned with those values and that the culture that has evolved around them is protected. It is so important also to value individual opinion and encourage inquisitiveness… but that is part of my value system and is built in to our culture.”