Set the Bar High

Henry Ford is reported to have once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.”

That’s great insight. Too often people place self-imposed and artificial limitations on themselves. They tell themselves that they cannot accomplish something because they aren’t smart enough or don’t have enough creativity. They close their minds to the idea they can, in fact, succeed. Success, after all, is scary to many people.

As a leader, one of your jobs is to inspire your team. Help them to recognize and realize their potential. Don’t let them settle for something less than what they were created to be.

If you believe in your team and regularly communicate that belief in words and actions, you’ll be amazed at how much each person can accomplish.

I’ve found that people generally live up to my expectations of them. If I set the bar low, they’ll live up to it. If I set it high, they’ll rise to the occasion.

How high is the bar you’re setting?

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