I have been involved in leadership of some form or another for the last twenty years. I’ve learned a lot, and I will continue to learn more. Today, I wanted to share the truth of high expectations.
In all of my leadership roles, I have dealt with leaders who had low expectations and other leaders who had high expectations of those they led.
To be clear: If you lead by low expectations, you will accomplish very little.
So the question is, what is it you want to accomplish? If you desire to do something great, you must lead with high expectations, both for yourself and others.
Why are high expectations so important? Simple.
When you expect a lot out of those you lead, you are communicating that you believe in them.
The lower your expectations, the less you believe in their capacity to produce.
As leaders, it is our job to pull the potential out of those we lead. The only way to do that is to believe in them, expecting more out of them compared to where they are currently at. That is the truth of high expectations.
Now, there are some nuances to how this works out in the context of leadership. I will address some of those tomorrow in a follow-up post. Stay tuned.
I believe in you!