Some organizations lie to us. They tell us that results matter more than relationships. You know that is what is meant when they say “this is business”…as though relationships fall into a category of lessor importance.
Other organizations tell us a different lie. They tell us that relationships are more important than results. You know that is what is meant when they excuse poor performance by elevating vague vision statements, promoting cultural values, and basically celebrating anything but actual missional success.
The truth is that both matter. Results and relationships are equally important.
Here is a suggestion if you excel at one and stumble over the other: Consider learning to throttle (limit) your strength at one until you grow in the other.
- If you can achieve huge results – but only by sacrificing key relationships – try backing off of your production commitments and invest more time into developing and growing other people
- If you can achieve huge relationships – but struggle to produce results – try reducing your time spent with others and invest more time in yourself (by learning how to produce more)
It is only as these come into balance (and we are good at both) that we can actually grow into better leaders. It is a lie we tell ourselves that “sacrificing one for the other is a good thing”. It’s not.
Thanks for listening.