Should leaders exhibit support or challenge to be the best leader they can be?
What if the answer is…both?
If a leader defaults to offering support, this culture of entitlement and mistrust breeds out of whomever the last person is in the leader’s ear.
The protecting leader is very supportive of everyone, so everyone’s opinion is right (in their mind).
On the flip side, the leader who defaults to only offering challenge creates a culture of fear and manipulation.
The dominating leader always knows best, and everyone falls in line, lest they become the next victim of the leader’s outrage.
What if the best leader exhibits both?
These rare species of leaders choose to fight for the highest possible good of those they lead.
Are you wrong for being a protector or a dominator? No!
Human nature pushes us toward one or the other.
If you want to be a liberating leader, you must make the conscious choice toward liberation.
If you choose this path, your team and those in each circle of influence will thank you every day. You will draw out the best in those you lead, and set them free toward expressing and utilizing their natural born instincts.
What will you choose today?