By allowing your people to flamboyantly display their differences you show other people that you are:
As leaders, producing leaders from a group is a great achievement and an honor to have. It means that we are successful in creating a framework that makes everyone produce great outputs and that we are open to the uniqueness of others.
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This is an important lesson that many managers and leaders need to know. Every time you reduce the differences of your people and have them work alike or have the same mindset, you weaken their creativity and natural flow.
Moreover, making employees feel less motivated and less energetic in producing needed output. The differences of people are what makes us have innovative ideas and the production of great results.
Most people would want to grow in an organization, and strong leadership is essential for both professional and personal growth. Yet many capable team workers are reluctant to move towards a leadership role even when they have an opportunity.
The reason is the various perceived risks that make people not take up leadership roles even when they are deserving and capable.
“The most fundamental and important truth at the heart of Extreme Ownership: there are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, Extreme Ownership
You can only lead by example. There’s no other effective way to inspire people.
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