I planted ivy on a hill in my front yard several years ago. It wasn’t the first thing I had tried. Every other thing planted just did not make it and the dirt would wash away each time there was a hard rain. While it has taken some time, the ivy has now taken off. In fact, it seems I just go out and trim it, and it creeps up on the porch. It is incredible!
The ivy thrives where it is. In fact, it is so thick now; soil washing away is never a problem anymore. It is amazing when you have the right plant in the right place what happens. In many ways, it is a lot like people. When we are in the right place we thrive. When we have the right people on our team our team is more likely to be successful.
Just like the ivy, even if you are in the right place but the conditions are not right it is hard to thrive. We eventually will burn or die out. It is essential that we provide the right environment for our volunteers and staff. Being an intentional leader means taking a hard look to see if you are in the right place. Is it a good fit? Are you in an environment that provides all that you need? Are you doing your part to cultivate that environment?
What about the people you are responsible for? Do you have the right people in the right place? If not, what do you need to do to get them there? What about the conditions they are working or serving in? Are you intentionally taking the time to make sure it is a positive environment? Is it a place where they can continue to learn? Are you as a team working together or is everyone doing their own thing? Do they feel safe to be themselves, to grow, to learn, to make a mistake?
No matter what we are doing, whether we work alone or in a group, it is essential to be in the right place with the proper support, care and healthy conditions we need to flourish…no different than the ivy.
The everyday leader intentionally looks at the details, even when we are busy. We take the time to evaluate, to make the changes when necessary.
It means being intentional to have the right person in the right place.
It means being intentional to be the leader our people need us to be.
I want to be that everyday leader. Willing to be intentional.