There have been countless books and articles written on the importance of self-image and the strengths that accompany a positive view of oneself. In fact, if you walk into any bookstore, you will find one of the most popular sections is titled “Self Help.” It’s no secret that most people want to be in a better place in life, whether financially, emotionally, spiritually, or socially. But with so many different people trying to help you get to where you want to be, the advice can end up changing you into a conduit, channeling what they think you should be versus simply a better version of yourself. And at times, that “noise” can be detrimental to your development. One American essayist and poet put it this way:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

An organization is a symphony comprised of different moving parts, which when working together, compose a greater outcome than if each part were working on their own. As a leader, it is your job to make sure everyone is becoming better versions of themselves. You need realists and dreamers working together to balance creativity. You need leaders and followers to make up a functioning team. You need optimistic and pessimistic people to make sure everything stays in check. The best thing for your organization is for you to encourage members to grow within themselves, not just outside themselves.

How have you ignored the “noise” to become a better leader for your team? Are there any techniques you’ve used to encourage your employees to strengthen their already apparent qualities? Let us know in the comments section below!