Imagine this scenario. Actually since this happens quite often, I should have said – remember this scenario.
You are driving to some place and you are supposed to take an exit on a certain street. There is a signal and all the people who are going straight have stopped. You are on the last lane trying to exit but you see that there is one person on the last lane who has stopped in such a way that you can’t get past him to the exit lane. You try to get closer to him and show signs of urgency thinking that the person in front will move the car so that you can exit. Nothing happens. You have no choice but to wait until the signal turns green and everyone starts moving. No, you don’t have to tell me how you will curse the driver of that car. That’s understandable. This is a classic case where someone is going somewhere and he is stalled for some reason. For no fault of yours, he will stall you too! Now imagine that the roles reversed and you were in that car in front and someone else was behind you. How do you feel?
It may not seem like a big deal in the traffic scenario but what if it happens in your real life? If you are a leader, do some soul searching and see if there are people who are showing signs of growing so fast that very soon you will set a limit on their growth. In other words, unless you get OFF the way, their growth is stalled. What would you do or what could you do? Do you have the emotional strength and courage to see someone who is working for you grow bigger than you? Think about it – it happens a lot of times whether you like it or not.
The point to ponder is “How could you create an environment so that you are not stalling the growth of any superstars in your team?”
There is no one solution to this problem but if you have the mind-set to “get OFF the way” of other people’s growth, you will find your own creative solutions.