I am studying the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with some of our staff and today we were talking about Covey‘s idea that we should move from dependence to independence to interdependence.
Dependence – the paradigm of you – you take care of me
Independence - the paradigm of I – I can do it; I am responsible; I am self-reliant; I can choose
Interdependence – the paradigm of we – we can do it; we can cooperate; we can combine our talents and abilities and create something greater together
This idea of interdependence is really critical for your growth and health as an individual and your ability to work as a team.
Then tonight I stumbled upon this quote from John C. Maxwell that reinforced the idea from the leadership perspective:
Managers are maintainers, tending to rely on systems and controls. Leaders are innovators and creators who rely on people.
So where do you fall within these three paradigms?
[I'll tell you if you tell me.]