My favorite mentors (of which there are many) possess the magical ability of being able to draw out the best of others.
How do they do it? They astutely assess the talents others possess and fashion avenues of pursuit that would allow said others (like you and me) to exercise those gifts to the fullest.
Those skillful leaders also avoid spending a lot of time, energy, effort, and capital on trying to "fix" others in the areas in which they are not naturally talented. For instance, they would never try to make a post player (in basketball terms) out of a 5'2" point guard.
A simple formula might be framed this way:
Notice the gifts others bring to the table
Optimize the opportunities for those gifts to be used
+ Minimize time/expense lost in requiring others to function in their non-gifted areas
= Stronger relationships and higher levels of performance
Looks like one of those win-win situations to me.
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