Dealing with a couple work issues/frustration currently, after a weekend of reflecting and analyzing it, I realized it’s essentially the same issue from different ends of it. A situation out of our hands but so much internal drive to contribute to it. It makes quite an interesting scenario. 1) Another person is experiencing the frustration with me and my colleague. 2) I am the person experiencing the frustration with a colleague.
Again, I don’t want to be a person who is focused on the problem, but try to find a solution to break out of it. In situation 1, I can start to see the source of their frustration and how it spirals. Recognizing that, I see the opportunity to take initiative to move pass the situation. In situation 2, where I cannot take a position to just step in and take charge, I am trying hard to not give up but finding alternative ways to contribute toward the greater goal. This reflection has led me to recognize no matter in the receiving end or not of a frustrating situation, in a position of power or not, there is a way to make an effort aside from giving up or complaining.
At the same time, I realized I cannot always be in the position to take charge in order to make a difference. We can recognize certain people as great leaders, but they too play a role of participant in other projects. People can possess leadership skills and qualities, but it’s the situation that gives them their role. A great leader must know how to do the nitty gritty and pay respect to the leader when they are participants only. No one is too good for a certain task.