In Business, one thing we all have to learn is how to work with and lead people that are not like us, and normally don’t even think or act like us either.
In my experience as a business owner, its probably one of the biggest challenges that I encountered and prevented me from achieving my goals and success. I had to understand and accept that not everyone has the same goals and values that I have.
Our biggest challenges will always be members of your own family, some of your closest friends, maybe even some of our best customers, an investor and or key business partners. Working only with people like our selves will stunt the business growth. We need to understand that we may need a more diverse set of people around us that can help with innovation, and we do need to learn how to work with them.
Some key things for us all to learn! Do not presume that people not like us are intentionally being difficult, but learn to capitalize on their strengths. Trying to change people to conform to our ways is a huge mistake. People may actually change, if they respect you as a role model, or feel that you are courteous and have respect for their position, ideas and abilities. Real innovation can only come from people who think and see things differently to others, thinking out of the box is a gift that needs to be nurtured. Never generalise in conflict, but always stick to the issues that needs to be solved.
For true success, we all need to build more relationships with people who are different from us. Leading a donkey by holding a carrot in front will only work for a while, but to be truly innovative; learn to be a great leader and assemble a team of unique and different individuals around yourself. Care for them, nurture them and mentor them to become great leaders who will never leave you.
To your success.