The people I drive crazy…

By October 5, 2012Leadership

In an organizational setting, the person I probably drive the craziest is…

Someone who is highly structured and detail-oriented.

You see, I’m not. Not at all.

I am very big picture. I love change. I hate rules. I run from boxes.

People who love structure…People who like to know and follow the rules…People who like details that are clearly defined….

Our differences may even cause us to frustrate each other. And, don’t let the word frustrate frustrate you. Choose your own word. But, in my case, it seems appropriate. They want details. They want structure. I want to run from it. It causes some tense moments. It strains communication at times. It can be frustrating to have people wired so different from me on the team.

I could choose to surround myself with people wired just like me. Some leaders do.

Yet, as a leader, I want some of those type people on my team. In fact, I want some working closely with me. I even welcome the frustration. The people with the capacity to frustrate me most often compliment me best.

We need the extremes…even the ones that may be frustrating…to make us better.

Good leaders learn to appreciate differences in people.

Don’t surround yourself with only people just like you. Surround yourself with some people who occasionally frustrate you.

Differences make things work better.

(By the way, my wife is one of those highly structured types…and it works…well.)

Do you have people on your team who frustrate you…in a good kind of way?

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  • Pastor Ron! Thanks for the post. I strongly believe that Gods expects 'unity' from us and not 'uniformity'. Each and every one can be unique but it is important we remain single-minded. Healthy 'debates' is fine but not the 'divisions'. Our strategies / styles/ approaches can be different but the purpose must be one.

  • I intentionally hire people who frustrate me Ron! I know it sounds crazy but I hire them because they have qualities I don't. I believe it is Maxwell's Law of Magnetism at work. I value those qualities I do not posses and as such, attract people who have them. It is my job after all, as a leader, to put together the best team for the company, even if that team is going to drive me crazy.
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