A young tree grows stronger when it’s planted in an area with older trees, as the roots of the young tree are able to follow the pathways created by those of older trees. Over time, the roots of many trees graft themselves to one another, creating an intricate, interdependent foundation hidden below the surface and the forest becomes healthier and more resilient. The same is true for people; we are stronger when we are all connected. So how do we create a healthier “forest” in our later life? We become intentional about the pathways we carve for those we leave behind. While it may be fairly clear how we can do this in our families, how can we do it at work…where we spend most of our waking hours? It’s plausible that the number one role of an effective leader is to create more effective leaders, right?
Chip Conley from “Wisdom @ Work”