This is a story that my manager forwarded to me. Very inspiring
If you catch a small shark and confine it, it will stay a size proportionate to the aquarium in which it lives.
Sharks can be six inches long yet fully mature. However, if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal size.
The same is true of potential leaders. Some are put into an organization when they are still small, and the confining environment ensures that they stay small and underdeveloped.
Only leaders can control the environment of their organization.
Some leaders are confined to aquariums.
Leaders need to be turned loose in the ocean so they can grow to their normal size.
If you are in charge of leaders in your organization, let them grow and develop. If you are a leader, purpose to grow to your fullest potential in the ocean instead of in an aquarium.
According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia: “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”
Description of a Shark in an Aquarium
- Some sharks are comfortable in the aquarium. If permitted to leave, they wouldn’t. After all, they have a place to stay, food to eat, and not be responsible or accountable for very much. Some sharks convince other sharks why they all should stay in the aquarium.
- Some sharks are so brainwashed they feel they cannot function outside of the aquarium. They choose to stay in the aquarium because they fear going into the ocean.
- The shark who leaves is in the minority. Only one out of ten would find the courage to go into the ocean where it belongs.
- The shark remains in the aquarium because it is comfortable there. It can’t see beyond the walls of the aquarium. Oceans are so deep and so wide that most sharks prefer being in a smaller container where it is warm and fuzzy. The shark enjoys being contained in a limited space with limited opportunities because it has not experienced anything different. The aquarium life is all it knows.
- The shark who leaves the aquarium is talked about and ostracized and referred to as a traitor.
- The shark who wants to leave but doesn’t leave will always wonder what it would be like to be in the ocean. It will never be satisfied in the aquarium.
- Some sharks will talk about leaving and get real close to leaving, but they never leave. They rationalize why they should stay. When they get bitten by one of the other fish, they talk about leaving again, and the cycle continues.
- Some sharks will have their belongings packed, but when an extra worm is dangled in front of them, they change their mind about leaving.
- The worst case scenario of all is the shark who disputes the truth that it was meant to grow in the ocean. It denies that staying in an aquarium will keep it only 6 inches long. It tries to disprove the fact that sharks will grow only to a size proportionate to its environment. This shark becomes angry wiith the shark who leaves.
- The shark who leaves without looking back will be the one who grows to its fullest potential and fulfill its God-given purpose where it belongs . . . in the ocean.
If you are a shark in an aquarium, go to the ocean where you belong.
If you are a leader who keeps other leaders in an aquarium, set them free so they can grow and do what they were created to do.