The More Potential is Spotted, the Better it is for Everyone
The More Potential Is Spotted, the Better it is for Everyone
Richard Green’s thinking assignment offered in her Hubpage’s article on 99 Shrewd Quotes this August 2018 inspired me to explore not only this long held and well-loved quote treat people as if they were what they ought to be and she/him helps others to become what they are capable of being but to remember and reflect my hidden long held expectations of what an Employer, a Leader, looks like.
Spotting the Traits or Actions that You Wouldn’t Mind Being Subjected to.
Ever since I entered into the workforce I believed my Employer would look like the Leader mentioned below. I couldn’t never understand why my Employer wasn’t that way. It didn’t make sense to me as people were your pot of gold.
Nurturing people together with providing a learning and inspiring environment where people could look forward to spending their day at work (rather starting off their day with migraines because of the forced duration of the mind games, power struggles, undermining and watching your back) was what I believed happened naturally. But no, this was never the case.
This kind of Leader is vogue now and becoming at least the expected Leader of the average everyday employee.
In Summary, What Does This Leader Look Like?
- The Leader treats people as if they were what they ought to be and she/him helps others to become what they are capable of being
- The Leader shares the assigned power and status with others so that it is a peer to peer relationship.
- The Leader does not rule by fear. The Leader fosters the spreading joy and harmony.
- Purpose matters. The Leader encourages others to find their personal purpose and to connect with others who either share the same purpose or who have an interest in supporting that person to achieve their purpose.
- The Leader fosters a spirit of learning so that people can become more than what they are.
- The Leader prioritizes to building and securing of trust and trustworthy relationships.
- Hearing both what is said and particularly what is not said.
- Illuminating needs and wants
- Telling it as it is so reality is seen for what it is
- Encouraging people to feel safe in sharing their opinions so that transparency of motivations and actions are manifested. The Leader exemplifies and encourages others to be reflective/thoughtful and courteous in their communication style. The Leader recognizes being courteous is the one small kindness, the one important gluing action that encourages the growth of an authentic connection and relationship
How Can A Quote Become A Guiding Principle and What Can That Look Like
Now, this article is not directly about Leadership but more about exploring how words (e.g a favourite quote) can affect us and influence us to become more than what we are or to choose consciously what our personal or work life desires to be..
Richard Green’s article brought to the fore how long I have held and worked silently with this quote treat people as if they were what they ought to be and she/him helps others to become what they are capable of being as one of my day in and day out guiding values.
I have applied a number of Richard Green’s thinking questions to explore the obvious and/or hidden layers of meaning for this quote. If you have a favourite quote please join in and explore the depths of meaning that awaits you. It may surprise you of what you have learnt.
Treat People As If They Were What They Ought to Be and You Help Them to Become What They Are Capable of Being— by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet, Novelist, Playwright
Treat People As If They Were What They Ought to Be and You Help Them to Become What They Are Capable of Being is a quote invented by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Poet, Novelist, Playwright
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born in 1749 and is of the western zodiac sign of Virgo. He stood 1.69 m tall.
He is seen to be the most famous German poet of all times and is considered a universal genius. He has made significant contributions to not only literature but to the arts and natural science.
It’s not enough to know, it is not enough to wish, one must also do— Johann Goethe-Poet, Novelist
Some of his other quotes are:-
- It’s not enough to know, it is not enough to wish, one must also do
- Correction does much, but encouragement does more
- A person only hears what he understands
- When you live within limits want one thing or want a few things very much and love them dearly. Cling to them, survey them from every angle, become one with them, that is what makes one become the poet, the artist, the human being
Correction does much, but encouragement does more— Johann Goethe-German Poet and Novelist
Exploring Layers of Meaning Through Asking Questions
Who Could This Observation Belong to?
If I were to ask myself, who could this observation belong to? My instinctual response would be teachers.
To me, teachers are given the opportunity to impact and influence children and teens for a long time. Either for better or worse. However, if I reflect upon this quote longer, I think this advice could also refer to people who are seen to be in an unequal or inferior position within either the family structure, society and/or the world. (E.g. the poor, the sick, the cursed, racial groups, gender groups..) Somehow this observation reminds me of the universality of value-the universality of worthiness and that bigger is not necessarily better.
I watched a one to one interview recently with a top Australian Sydney based forensic psychologist Tim Watson-Munro who held a 40 year position as the criminal psychologist for Parramatta Goal, where the live-ins were there for their lifetime.
He has 20,000 case studies under his wing.
Diagnosing 200 killers.
Tim Watson-Munro said no matter how sinister the crime was or the person who committed the crime, there is always at least one redeeming feature/character trait of the person with a dark nature and/or history.
He found some of these killers lead secret lives. They could be married with children and love their family very much. Yet cross them in a dark alleyway, and you had better run for your life. In other words, this perspective make you question, reflect or put the brakes on before you allow yourself to jump onto the hate bandwagon with a mob of others leading you to assume the target is guilty before looking at the facts or situation in whole. Furthermore remind yourself everyone should be given a second chance to redeem themselves.
Observation is Inspiration
This advice or observation supports me to keep in check any overkill of hubris. To me every person you meet directly or indirectly, serves as a Teacher and a Student in and of life. Through their stories and perspectives our World grows expanding and enriching our lives. How could you say no to that?
To treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being is useful to others as it shows the way to our humanity and decreases the need to force one's Will over either loved ones or strangers to control their life so that you can better serve your own agenda.
Hence serving to keep in check the slide into your omnipotence and thereby inadvertently supporting the growth of brotherhood and sisterhood-peer level connections and relationships
For me, everyone has a place in the world.
Everybody has the right to belong.
We may have different roles to fill and some roles may seem more or less in the eyes of some but that is only because the administration team and society at large make it that way. However, I believe most life roles are geared to making our lives less difficult socially, financially, emotionally or mentally.
Only a Fool Breaks Culture?
Does the above observation have any specific cultural meaning that may differ from one cultural setting to another?
I’m not too sure how to respond to this thinking question. What automatically comes to mind is the reminder that life comes in waves and cycles.
Each person or epoch rises and falls in its needs artistically, literature wise, music wise, ritual wise so that the needs of the human heart are attended to. This doesn’t necessarily mean that one period is better or worse or apathetic. It just is for that time in history there is a cry out for a different set of values or another type of solution for either that main societal group or even the given minority group,.For me, that doesn’t imply that there is one inherent right way of approaching or fixing a situation or need. Any situation is organic and we need to adapt alongside of it.
This quote brings up feelings of kindness and a want to understand together with organically growing and adapting without demeaning a person or making them out to be wrong or right. To me this quote still comes across as being humane and liberal minded. I love that!
Paraphrasing Keeps Going, Going, Going…
If I paraphrased this observation keeping the original meaning however using my own words and ideas, I would say something along these lines: - address the elephant in the room and allow the caterpillar to evolve into a proud shining Lion. In other words be willing to be sensitive and look beyond the surface to see what else could be going on. Look for a potential hidden reason or hidden shame that is holding back the caterpillar from metamorphisizing into its most shining courageous or proud self for its given set of circumstances.
If for some reason my interpretation still didn’t make sense to you, I found these two Puffin Book Nursery Rhymes which are offspring meanings I see expressed within Johann Goethe’s quote treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being…..
I see the Moon
And the Moon sees me
God Bless the Moon
And God bless me
The Key of the Kingdom
This is the key of the Kingdom
In that the Kingdom is a city
In that the city is a town
In that town there is a street
In that street there winds a lane
In a lane there is a yard
In a yard there is a house
In that house there waits a room
In that room there is a bed
On that bed there is a basket
A basket of flowers
Flowers in a basket
Basket on the bed
Bed in the chamber
Chamber in the house
House in the weeding yard
Yard in the winding lane
Lane in the broad street
Street in the high town
Town in the city
City in the kingdom
This is the key of the kingdom.
Reach Out and Go Deeper
Yes, this observation served to teach me not to take things at face value. In other words look more deeply.
Don’t be fooled by outer circumstances.
See where you can give a hand up (not a hand out). and I would encourage you to do this not looking for applause. However I also would encourage you to also do what you are only willing to do. That is the best kind of giving.
To treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being is a gracious, benevolent and life expanding act when applied to others.
Goethe's words are life enhancing to me.
However, if I were to apply it to the culture of the people within the town I reside, they would give me the bird (the middle finger) and say not on your life. Here, its first in first serve, bugger you! It’s about me and that’s all I need to know and think about. This attitude is both constructive and destructive. In this town? it's by and large on the destructive side .
I want to encourage you not to be a Pollyanna but more often than not appeal to the noblest part of your spouse, partner, lover, parent, sibling, friend, child, co-worker….
And just maybe sprinkles of sunshine, goodwill, kindness and decency may come to shower upon you. Making your world a little more tender, nicer and easier to experience both within the workplace and at home.
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