It doesn’t matter if you are age 6, 12, 25, 39, 51 or 64. We all need to hear the ring of a bell. We are reminded of this in Hemmingway’s famous work, For Whom the Bell Tolls ” No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine”:
Believe. We must firmly believe in the power of human potential. It’s surprising how this act has great possibilities and can truly allow another person to fight through a treacherous pathway they were previously unable to pass. It’s our ability as coaches, mentors and leaders to ensure that our staff, teams and organizations demonstrate through our actions and words those they we ‘believe’ in them.
Encourage. This word is often over used. It means different things to different people. But what I’ve found surprising is that often outsiders in the circles of relationships can spark the fire within individuals in order for them to grasp onto that rope a wee bit longer in order to climb up the long and difficult ascend to ring the bell at the top of the gym or in life.
Listen. Take time to truly listen to people. Allow space for your teams to share their challenges, frustrations and aspirations. For with our ability to suspend judgment or problem solve for others, there is power in the courtesy and respect of demonstrating how we value them as individuals and what they bring to the table. More often than not you will be surprised in what you hear if you listen close enough.
Lift upwards. Do spend time to realize that your staff may be facing an audience of nay-sayers or reminded of their 8th grade nemesis. They may be experiencing counterproductive thoughts but secretly want to hear the bell in order to realize greatness. The only way we can allow our team to reach greater heights is through our generosity of time using the BELL concept.
I hope you will join me in making time every day to sound the BELL of leadership.