By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to reinforce the power in diversity. Reading time: 3:21
Natural gas is odorless –yet you can still smell leaking gas. Why?
Utility companies add a chemical– methyl mercaptan– that gives the natural gas an unnatural scent.
And some might say a life-saving accent.
Adding that chemical –that beneficial difference —to the natural gas is symbolic of effective leadership.
That’s because the most effective leaders bring together diverse elements to create a more productive, more efficient, and more effective working environment. They understand that diversity can enrich, engage and empower creative and critical thinking skills.
Indeed, effective leaders marshal a greater deference to difference. They foster a greater respect for the mastery of –and the majesty in — diversity.
And no wonder, even Mother Nature’s awesome power stems from her deference to differences like these:
Electricity flows because of the difference between a positive charge and a negative charge.
Water flows because of the difference in water pressure.