There’s something about the sea that can teach us things — especially about leading people. I’ve read enough Melville to firmly believe that, but it goes deeper than that. I heard an amazing quote the other day from a leader who’d run his own personal ship aground. I’ll come back to that, but the quote was simple, yet powerful. He said, “Like a ship in the ocean, a man runs better with weight on him.” Take gender out of that idea for a minute, and there’s a fantastic leadership lesson to be learned.
Growth is not something you can make happen in a team member. No matter how hard you try and pour insight and knowledge into them (my default method), they rarely grow at the pace you want them to.