17 11 2015

“Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over.” ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Most leaders have several leadership tools in their tool belt.  They have tough love, accountability, coaching skills, listening skills, the devil’s advocate tool and the compassionate one.  Finding the right tool for the project is one of those things that come with experience.  When to be compassionate and when to put your foot down are decisions that come easier with experience.

If you only use one tool every time, then, frankly, you’ve going to be standing in a big pile of fertilizer.  The flexibility to have many tools in your tool belt will ensure that you don’t treat every problem the same way, and will not only give you a more motivated group in the end, but a group that continues to fill their own tool bags with a variety of tools.

Speaking of Fertilizer…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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