By Debra Gould, MS
You know the one, the one on your staff who is the best and brightest on your team. Every time you see him/her, you think, “what great leadership potential—what a diamond in the rough!” BUT this is also your person who has the greatest number of personal problems impacting the job and has the least amount of professional self-esteem.
So, what do you do? Do you set aside your diamond in the rough aside and work with someone who has less leadership potential but fewer personal problems and greater self-esteem? Or, do you invest a little extra time with your diamond in the rough to encourage their leadership potential? One choice takes you down the path of least resistance. The other means a long-term project requiring a commitment of more time and energy. Where do you start? Here are my “Diamond Mining Tips” to help you get started polishing your rough diamond:
The Minute-Being mindful of our rough diamond scenario:
People are assets whose value can be enhanced through investment. Think about this as a leader in this scenario above to ask yourself this question and go get it done? Question: How can I keep this diamond in the rough motivated because the potential is there? Answer: Just pursue a strategy that does take account of the capacity of all the resources available, including the human ones. Hold on leader and build, direct, lead, guide and influence and your future leader and never give up.
Thought of a Great Leader
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Debra Gould can be reached at: (504) 244-6576,
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