Engaging others is difficult sometimes. Engaging others requires time. But while time is a valuable resource to a leader, the relationships we develop are valuable resources in and of themselves. So we can pay on the front end or we can pay on the back end.
Regrettably, I have found this out the hard way. I’m finding it out now, in fact. When we focus too hard on production, sometimes we lose focus on relationship. There is an ever fleeting balance, as subtle as the phase change from ice to water to vapor. There is an exact point that the balance is too much or too little, and as leaders we have to find it. And if we really lean too hard to one side or the other, it is very difficult to get it back.
Strive for balance.