Who Do You Choose to Ride With?

As much time as I spend in a vehicle getting from one place to another, I can’t help but notice the differences in the way we all drive.

From my perspective, I’m convinced that the way someone drives is a pretty accurate reflection of their personality and approach to life in general.

For example, regardless of the speed limit, some drivers are always going to go a few miles slower and never move over for oncoming traffic. That’s their pace and they simply won’t change. Given a choice, I’d never choose to ride with that individual because my sense of urgency is way too high.

Conversely, some drivers are always going to go faster, but I wouldn’t necessarily always choose to ride with that individual. Why? Because maybe that person doesn’t use turn signals before switching lanes, doesn’t slow down for emergency vehicles, is more prone to run a red light than slowing for a yellow, rarely looks in the rear view or side view mirrors to see where everyone else is and tailgates anyone who gets in their way.

So, who would I choose to ride with?

It would be with someone that knows beforehand where they’re going, what route they want to take, how much time it will take, what has to be done when they get there, and how to get back and forth as safely, effectively and efficiently as possible.

When working with other leaders, the question I’m asked most often is ‘How do you identify someone that you would make a significant investment of time in getting them to the next level?’ In other words, ‘Who do you choose to ride with?’

As it is with drivers, so I feel it is with people in general. They fall into three categories:

  1. Those, who no matter what you do, will always stay in one place. 
  2. Those, who no matter what you do, will always put others at risk. 
  3. Those, who (without needing much motivation) measure themselves against what’s required and then, regardless of circumstances, find a way to exceed expectations and accomplish what’s required.

When leading a team, it’s tempting to slow things down for the people that are slowing everyone else down. What I’ve found is that when I speed up instead of slowing down, those who really want to will speed up, as well.

Truth be told, those are the ones I choose to spend my time with.

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