“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
I am already convinced that we need to surround ourselves with people who challenge and/or inspire us. I have written about it several times on this very blog. When I read this quote from Jim Rohn though, it really struck me that we have a responsibility not only to ourselves but to the people we work closely with. By this I mean we need to support those around us to develop and grow to raise the average among us.
I often hear criticisms regarding attitude or performance of faculties/groups within schools and I wonder how many individuals within that group actually “fit” (deserve) the criticism. If removed and placed within a more positive environment, would they then rise to the average of the new group? Is it our responsibility as leaders to ensure people who find themselves in a group that is resistant or negative get opportunities to engage with others outside this group, to be inspired or to see the grass can be greener?
As I have written before, I believe a positive culture must be intentional. It needs a belief system that is chosen and specific actions put into place to support these beliefs. I think it starts with a group of people agreeing to have a conversation about their vision and deciding ways to construct this together.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)