“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their work. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has no one else to help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
There are many things I love about life. Near the top are people I do life with in my inner circle. I cannot imagine how hard life and leadership would be without a handful of trusted friends that value accountability and are there to help and encourage.
We were not created to live in isolation, alone. Oh no, we were created to live in community with others, to have fellowship with others and do life with others. To have a relationship with the people we work with, go to church with, play ball with and live with.
In the next few weeks, I will be starting fall pro scouts days with my fellow peers in the scouting industry. This is a group of professional baseball scouts I work side by side with while scouting my area of Georgia and South Carolina. Yes, we are competitors, but more importantly, we are friends. We laugh, hurt, share stories about our families and kids, eat together, encourage and help one another in times of a physical, emotional or spiritual need. We compete; however, we genuinely care for each others’ well-being.
Sadly, often times I meet leaders and employees who feel lonely. They feel isolated. I’m guessing, like me, you never want to feel that way. What good is achieving any level of success without someone to share it with?
As a leader the most important thing you have are the people on your team. Please don’t neglect their worth. Make time for them, listen to their stories, affirm them, value their opinions, and encourage their dreams. Always remember, people don’t leave organizations … they leave leaders.
Never forget, it is people who really matter. Remain humble. Live in authentic community and refuse to isolate yourself. If you do, your life will be full of authentic friends and the impact you have on others will someday, far out live you.
Over the Hump!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 37 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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