Are You A Leader Or A Follower?
Well, let’s be clear – we can’t have one without the other. There’s a lot of pressure in the workplace to be a leader – but not everyone is cut out for that path. There is nothing wrong with team members who don’t desire to rise in the ranks, and in fact, without them firms would not have the muscle to go behind the brains. Yet, I’m all for people being all that they can be and have even pushed quite a few beyond their comfort zones into positions they would not have dreamed they could achieve. However, there is that particular sector of the population who desire to do what they’re good at, even while others on their team are passing them by. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. Some individuals may be paralyzed by fear from a negative experience, and just need mentoring or positive reinforcement to get past that paralysis. Others just might enjoy what they do and as long as it isn’t a technical detriment to an organization’s innovative growth, should they be made to strive higher or left to live within their comfort zone? After all, there is Bloomingdales and then there is that cool little boutique down the street – both of which I patronize. It just got me thinking, not everyone wants to be Bloomingdales and maybe we need to assess our workforce with a different set of standards. Let me know what you think.