Just about three years ago, I published a post on this blog called “Teach Them to Fly,” about my then three-year-old son, and how important it is to give people — kids and adults alike — the confidence and encouragement to soar with their passions and strengths.
I revisited this post recently, and some things have changed. My son is now six, and he has a new baby sister, but little has changed as far as teaching him to fly. He’s learning to throw and catch a ball, and my job as a dad is still the same: to give my kids license to fly as high and as far as they want, in whatever direction the winds take them.
That goes for you and your colleagues in the business world as well: There’s no greater gift you can give a co-worker than the courage and confidence that comes when you believe in them. Teach and encourage your people to be bold and to fly. You’ll be amazed at how far they take you, and how much stronger your organization will be because of it.
Have a great day.