(This is Part 3 in the “There’s a ME in Team” series. Read Part 2 here.)
Ask anyone about the major positive influences in their lives, and as they tell the story it almost always boils down to support and challenge. As I finished watching Game 7 of the NBA Championships a few nights, I noticed players of the Cleveland Cavaliers were graciously enduring the normal line of questions from the broadcasting network spokesperson.
Broadcaster: “How does it feel to be a champion?”
Player: “It feels good, Doris.”
Broadcaster: “It’s Father’s Day. As you reflect on your life as an NBA champion, how important was your dad’s influence for you?”
Player: “Very important, Doris. He gave me a lot of support and challenge.”
Broadcaster: “How important was the influence of your coach, Tyronn Lue, in your success this year?”
Player: “Very important, Doris. He gave us a lot of support and challenge.”
Well, you know what I mean. As they describe who it was that helped them succeed, there is almost always a combination of having been supported and challenged. “My Dad loved me, and he kicked me in the pants.” “My coach loved me, and he set the bar high.” If I asked you who the major positive influences in your life were, you would say something like that, too.
In GiANT Worldwide, we have a word for people who consistently bring support and challenge in the lives of those in their circles of influence: Liberators.
In short, Liberators fight for the highest good in the lives of those they lead. As they encourage, they don’t allow their followers to settle.
Of course, there’s a Me in Team. You are at the center of your circles of influence, and you have a ripple effect. If you work to bring support and challenge in all of your circles of influence, you’ll be a Liberator, too. We’ll talk about that in our next few sessions, Doris.