There are a few people within my company with whom I really love to work. Regardless of who carries which title, our interactions are always collaborative rather than hierarchical. These people are really good at what they do, and they think the same about me. They ask my opinion and they value it, as I do theirs. Their belief in me helps me believe in myself.
Sometimes they’re even way ahead of me on that score.
When someone believes in me more than I believe in myself, something curious happens. I rise to the occasion and become the person he or she believes me to be. I accomplish things I didn’t think were possible and my self-confidence builds. It’s a circular proposition, and it turns into a positive spiral.
I love working with those people. My question for myself is this: am I making anyone feel the same way?