You know the personality type that would rather watch you screw up and cause a stink because they caught you making a mistake? You know, your own personal Dwight?
Is it just me that feels this way? Being a positive person by nature (okay, stop snickering) really leads me to believe that most people want to do the right thing, but there’s something within our nature that causes us to find joy in the ‘gotcha’ moments in life.
One of the things I love doing is teaching. There’s something about walking with folks down the pathway of learning that makes me happy. But, even then, I have to be mindful that the folks I’m walking with are students. They don’t know what I’m teaching them. If they did, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?
This morning I experienced both facets of this concept. I met one of my life’s Dwight’s and I also met a really good, stern teacher. Guess which one I’ve thought about more today? Yeah, the teacher’s comments have stuck with me all day. I want to make this person pleased with my performance, and they gave me some pointed comments to work toward. That’s nice.
We’ve become so engrained in the idea of judging folks, that it’s hard to remember that coaching, encouraging, supporting are much better techniques to leadership.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not perfect and I fall off the wagon from time to time (just ask my kids), but I know I always respond better to encouraging guidance rather than your own personal performance of Margaret Hamilton in green face.
Yeah, what she said.