I recall a TV program that preceded the 1988 Winter Olympics. It featured blind skiers who were being trained for slalom skiing which, to me, sounded impossible. Matched with sighted skiers, the blind skiers were taught on the flats how to turn left and right.
Once that was mastered, they were taken to the slalom slope where their sighted partners skied beside them shouting "Right!" and "Left!" As they obeyed the commands, they were able to negotiate the course and cross the finish line, relying only on the sighted skiers' words. The choice? Complete trust or catastrophe.
What a striking picture of leaders as coaches. Employees sign on with the hope that their leaders will "be there" when the going gets tough. What are employees really looking for? Someone who will come alongside with a "Right!" or "Left!" when the situation requires the physical presence of the person with a clear vision.
Leaders, we have to "be there" to make a difference when those who rely on us don't have the ability or the direction to see what's in our minds. The outcome will yield trust and success, or catastrophe.
Where do you need to be today?