By Eric Spencer on January 29, 2019
Last summer I had the privilege of watching a local theater company perform The Wizard of Oz. My 14-year-old daughter played the Scarecrow, and it was a treat to see her do her thing. What struck me while watching the production, though, were the myriad leadership opportunities for the cast and crew.
I watched crew members step up and give direction to cast members. I saw cast members from the ensemble help major players remember their lines. As a proud parent, I watched Scarecrow rise and take control of the scenes where she, Dorothy, Lion, and Tin Man were all on stage together. No one expected Dorothy to run the show. Interestingly, they didn’t even expect the director to run the show. They all saw an opportunity to lead, and so they leaned in.
I had the occasion to chat with the director after the show was over, and she shared her expectation is that the kids take the proactive step and capitalize on these opportunities to take initiative. She makes a conscious choice to lay back and not rule with the iron fist of Oliver Stone or Francis Ford Coppola, thus creating an environment where proactive behavior was not only welcomed but expected.
While I’m pretty sure most of us don’t wear costumes and thick makeup to work each day, I do believe that there are lessons we can draw from this and apply to our worlds: