Chapter 2: Discover the Shape of Your Sheep & Chapter 3: Help Your Sheep Identify With You
Establishing Purpose Through People
If you compromise with negative people for the sake of their abilities, your other people will learn their bad habits. I’ve seen one person’s bad attitude spread like a cancer through an entire office. - Page 35
This idea makes me think of a parent and his/her child. A parent doesn’t give his/her child chores because he/she doesn’t want to do the dishes. A parent gives his/her child chores to teach him/her responsibility, time management, and selflessness. Clean dishes is just the result of the character a parent hopes to build within his/her child. So, what if the parent has to demand the dishes to be cleaned day in and day out? Is the result the same? On the surface, yes, the dishes are still being cleaned; but if the parent has to constantly nag his/her child to do the dishes is the child learning any responsibility? No.
There will always be a quantitative measure to whatever outcome we are leading our families, business and/or team toward. However, it’s not the quantitative results which reveals the success of a great leader. A great leader is one who establishes a character, nature and transformation in his/her team, which ends up being the sole reason for the quantitative success. A great leader looks at his/her flock as the pathway towards the goal.
Turning a Crowd Into a Flock
How do you turn a collection of individual sheep, bordered by the same fence, into a flock? - Page 45
I love this question! It’s not the borders of a building or fence that create unity between people. You can have ten people in a room, all bound by the same fence, company name, and/or family name and still have disfunction and dissension. Fences only help identify where someone belongs. It’s the nature and vision within the borders that establish unity.
Are we as leaders, expecting those around us to join together as a flock, solely because they have been labeled as our sheep? Or are we establishing and casting a vision within the borders of our fence which penetrates the hearts of our flock to where they feel united with the same purpose? A group of people doesn’t make a team. A group of loyal people committed to a specific purpose makes a team.
Belonging by Entrusting
Great leaders instill a sense of meaning and belonging in their followers by putting the personal imprint of who they are and what they stand for on their people. - Page 45
People don’t follow because of instruction. People follow because of passion and conviction. People follow out of trust. As a leaders, if we are to imprint ourselves and what we stand for on those we hope will follow us, then we must be vulnerable in order to expose the deepest passions of our hearts. We must give all of who we are to them, hoping they’ll be drawn towards it. And in the vulnerability of exposing it, resides an invitation of entrusting them to carry our dreams. Meaning is created when we share passion. Belonging is created when we share the ownership.