John Steinbeck, the great author, said it as well as it can be said.
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
The opposite is true too of course.
And this is perhaps the most important, yet most often overlooked key to our success as leaders. If we want to achieve great results (and why would we want anything less?), we must expect those great results of ourselves and others.
This advice transcends leadership styles and is far too often neglected or ignored in leadership skill training. It doesn’t matter whether it is in supervisor training, or a leadership development program at any level, this profound truth must be shared.
Make this one of your leadership activities today: Read this sentence aloud five times today. Then raise your expectations of yourself for the rest of your day (consider reading this post for more ideas).
Then do these things tomorrow and the next day.
Raise your expectations of yourself and of your team (but notice I suggested to start with yourself first).
This is not a magic pill, but the application of expectations of greatness work like magic.
I see your potential, and I hope you do as well.