(This post was written in the aftermath of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series)
The San Francisco Giants have just won their third World Series Championship in five years. The interviewers for ESPN, FOX, and MLB Network have their portable sets rebuilt now on the field at Kauffman Stadium, and the questions begin to fly.
Most questions are beginning with the name Madison Bumgarner, and justifiably so. But every series of questions seems work their way down to the same root question. Chris Berman asks it. Erin Andrews asks it. Greg Amsinger asks it. One way or another, they’re asking the players from the Giants this…
What makes this team so special?
And to a person, the answer always boils down to this:
Bruce Bochy believes in me.
They’ll go on to explain what that means to them, and about how this future Hall of Fame manager embraces each individual’s unique personality traits. Some players are intense, and some are laid back. Some are normal, and some are just weird. All have quirks, some more than others.
But Bochy’s style of leadership embraces each player’s core personality. The only thing he wants to improve on is their skill level.
It's worth asking how many pastors and church leaders would literally turn their organizations around if they adopted this simple strategy – Embrace people at their core personality and DO NOT try to change it. Let them be who they are, and throw a party to celebrate. Then, help them improve and change their skill levels.
Most of us get this wrong more than we get it right.
Embrace the person. Improve their skill level.
And if the person has a personality that doesn’t fit within the organization, then don’t put either party through the hell of hiring them in the first place.
How might this play out in your organization, under your leadership?