Raise Up The Unknown

Take a deeper look around your organization. You’ll find there are standout employees who are always getting the attention of you and others in leadership.

They seem to be the rock stars of your organization. And you keep promoting them and rewarding them.

It’s what we do with those who perform and do well, right?

But I want to challenge you to begin digging deeper within the ranks of your organization.

There are team members who are virtually unknown. They do great work but receive minimum recognition and encouragement.

They’re not the standouts you typically look for. They’re quiet or not quite as popular. Yet they’re there, working away.

The recent Guardians Of The Galaxy movie really drove home this practice to me.

Marvel Studios took a huge risk with this new movie property. Marvel has been pushing the A-list of superheros.

The Thrill Of The Plunge

During my whitewater rafting trip, I had the opportunity to take a plunge. Literally, off the side of a cliff.

The plunge was scary. The height from which we jumped seemed like it may shatter a bone.

Yet after I jumped off of the ledge, it was thrilling. There was a sense of freedom knowing I was able to plunge 40 feet and come out unscathed.

How similar is this to our leadership journey?

The decision to climb up the cliff was mine. No one forced me or coerced me. I willingly made the journey to a spot I knew would be difficult.

Our path into leadership starts the same way. We make a choice to begin leading. We take the responsibility of leadership and we walk with it.