“Find ways for people to stretch themselves.

Set the bar incrementally higher, but at a level at which people feel they can succeed.

Raise it too high, and people will fail; if they fail too often, they will quit trying.

Raise the bar a bit at a time, and eventually more and more people master the situation and build the self-confidence to continue moving the bar upward.”

Source: Kouzos and Posnor, The Leadership Challenge

The superior pairing of demanding and supportiveĀ requires a fine balance:

  • Too demanding can lead to inordinate stress.
  • Not demanding enough can mean unfulfilled potential.

The determination, ambition and resilience of the individual are all pertinent, though trainable, traits.

With a supportive and demanding environment, much is achievable.