The bee-keeper’s diary. Leadership lesson #2
Those of you who have read my earlier posting on bee-keeping will know that I am new to bees and have a lot to learn. One of the biggest challenges has been to trust that the bees are all right inside the hive over the winter months. During this time there have been no signs of them flying in or out, and it has been too windy and cold to look in. So I have had to trust, having provided them with the right conditions, that they would not only survive the winter but also thrive! So you can imagine my joy when one day last week, the sun-shining, I spotted my bees flying in and out of their hive.
In a recent Government report on engagement by David MacLeod and Nita Clarke there’s a quote that suggests the role of a leader is to create ‘a space in which people can do and want to do what needs to be done.’ That’s where the parallel with bee-keeping comes in. Leaders create the space in which others can flourish, grow and develop. They ensure that people have the resources and the environment in which to do what needs to be done and they have to have a level of trust and belief in their people to thrive.
So this week give some thought to the kind of leadership space that you create for your people. Do you give them what they need so that can do what they need, and want, to do? And when you have done this do you trust them to get on with it even though you may not always be able to see what they are doing?