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Skill Assessment: Little or Big Legs?

Posted Jan 22 2009 3:59pm

  • Going from the car to Wal-Mart with the two little ones - 4 and 2 (Blue Leader 1 and 2, respectively).
  • I am striding easily.
  • Blue Leader 1 is in a lope (define: jog or slow pace of running).
  • Blue Leader 2 is flat out running.
As a leader, are you aware of how your pace is influencing those around you? Your knowledge, ambition, natural talent and experience has helped you reach a leadership position. Don't let those advantages push down those you are called to lift up.

It was much harder for little Blue Leader 2 to get from the car to the door. However, her struggle had nothing to do with her - it had to do with her in relation to her older sibling and her dad. To help her in her walk, we had to...
  1. Be sensitive to her needs
  2. Recognize that just because we could do it easily didn't mean she could
  3. Adjust our behavior accordingly
Are you doing the same for those around you? Being a leader doesn't always mean setting the pace for people. Sometimes it means adjusting your pace to give those learning from you space and time to catch up.
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