Is there only one way to look at things? If you are following the 2012 Presidential Election you are sure to notice, or at least see all of the ads that talk about different views. You’ll hear candidates say they understand how you feel…they know what it’s like to be you (I’m not sure that is true:).
The Art of Photography is one area in which I wish I had an differentiating eye. How some have the ability to see “a shot” and to be able to capture the various angles of the light, the facial expressions of a subject or the curvature of an object. Those who have the “photo gene” have been blessed with the ability to see something that others cannot. They have the gift to see a different perspective.
When I refer to perspective as a gift, I truly mean it. Be able to recognize there is more than one way, more than one opinion and many times, more than one solution is a trait not always associated with great leadership. However, leaders who practice “one direction leadership” will only ever go…one way.
In her classic book “Team of Rivals, Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin write of Abraham Lincoln’s ability to recognize the strength that comes from receiving and hearing different view points. Lincoln chose men for his cabinet that he had run against for the Republican nomination as well as prominent Democrats. Some leaders may be insecure around those who have various opinions, especially when those opinions are from strong willed leaders. However, Lincoln knew this was a time in the history of the United States when the country deserved strong leaders. By seeking other perspectives, Lincoln gave the country arguably the highest quality Presidential leadership during the country’s greatest crisis
High performing leaders are those who surround themselves with people who are also very qualified in their areas of expertise. The leaders job, then is to listen, value the input of others and really try and see things from as many different points of view as possible. Gaining perspective on the scope of issues and the depth of solutions gives the leader, and his team, a greater opportunity for growth and long term results.
Now GO Lead!