During our varsity days back in the early 90s, our city was safe, and we used to ask for lifts from the University of Botswana (UB) campus to anywhere we wanted to go in the city. One morning my friends and I walked to the gate to get a lift to the other side of town as was our norm. This middle-aged man couldn’t resist the beautiful young ladies from ‘Mmadikolo,’ so he stopped, and we jumped into his car.
Immediately the car took off, we greeted one another, and the man wanted to know who we were and where we came from. I innocently shared that I was from Mmadinare and this man hurriedly pulled off to the side of the road and furiously told us to get out of his car.
I didn’t know this man and he didn’t know me either, so it surely wasn’t about me. He knew something about my village, and he allowed that to trigger him to the extent that he threw us out of his car.
My leader, what is it that you know about the people you lead and how does that influence the way you perceive them? That person you struggle to connect with the most, what is it that you know about them?
Remember, what you know determines what you see, what you see determines how you feel, how you feel determines how you show up and your ability to connect with others.
If you fail to connect with them, they will continue to work with you, but they won’t follow you. As my friend & mentor John C Maxwell said, “if you think you are leading, but no one is following, then you are only taking a walk.”
Coach Lorato Maano- Mosetlhanyane
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