Who you are is largely shaped about the way you think. If you need to make a small shift in who you are, you have to make a small shift in the way you think.
In a leadership role, your effectiveness will largely be determined by the way you think about people. If you think about people as obstacles –
- The guy who cut you off in traffic
- The person with three kids whose shopping cart is blocking the aisle
- The co-worker in the next cubicle who you have to go around to get to the coffee machine
Your behavior will follow.
It’s a subtle shift to think about people as people (and much more difficult than people as obstacles). Your team members are not direct reports, you are not a manager so people can report to you. Your effectiveness will only be as large as the people you personally invest in.