Is there anyone in your life who listens for the best in you even when you are at your worst? They might even be tough on you, not out of judgement, but because they know who you really are and are calling for you to be and do your best at all times.
Do you have someone you call on your best days and feel free to unabashedly boast about your most recent accomplishment, big or small. You call them because you know they not only want to celebrate your wins with you, but feel joy when you do. And they know, perhaps better than anyone, what the accomplishment means to you in terms of what you had to do and who you had to be to make it happen.
If you have one person who provides any one of the above for you, you are very fortunate. While I am lucky to have a few champions in my corner, there is one person who stands out for me in this regard: Rich Largman, For over 15 years he has been a dear friend, a trusted colleague, and one of my favorite people with whom to collaborate. He is also my coach.
I have dubbed him a “muse for magnificence”. Rarely have I met anyone who so generously listens for the absolute best in everyone. He has a talent for helping people get in touch with and choose to act based on the best in themselves. It is a key to his excellence as a coach and the quality of his friendships.
While I have the good fortune to have Rich in my inner circle, it is important to note, however, that how he relates to me is not reserved for me or just the “special” people in his life. It is who he chooses to be for everyone. If there was such a thing as a superpower when it comes to leadership this would be his.
Yet consider being a “muse for magnificence” is an incredibly potent skill anyone can learn.
Taking a stand for someone in this way is perhaps one of the most powerful acts of leadership of all if you wish to cultivate leadership in others.
It is one of those “simple, but not easy” things to do for most of us. Yet with commitment and practice it can not only be learned, but mastered.
What about you?
Do you have a “muse for magnificence”? If so, what do they uniquely provide for you that brings out your personal best?
Are you a “muse for magnificence” for others? If so, what guidance can you provide in helping others to become one too?