Yesterday I was a on flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas. Toward the end of the trip we went over the Rocky Mountains. I can remember as a teen living in Colorado and seeing those mountains at ground level. They looked menacing, treacherous and impossible to climb. However, from 30,000 feet they don’t look that threatening. In fact you can make out natural passageways and paths for traveling over them…things you cannot see from ground level.
Good leaders try to make decisions from 30,000 feet. They do their best to live, think and function above the things that others see as impossible to overcome. From such a high vantage point it is easy see mountains as a thing of beauty…something to stretch abilities…but also that which can be conquered.
As leaders it is great to get down on ground level to discover what the people you are leading are experiencing. But leaders should always strive to plot direction, make decisions, cast vision and lead…from 30,000 feet.