As humans, we have this strange perception that we are at the top of the food chain. When it comes to who can kill who, that might be true due to advanced technologies and skill. But in the days of the hunter-gatherer, there were many instances in which the hunter was not on top and quickly became the prey. Survival of the fittest and natural selection came into play. Humans probably were never meant to be the strongest mammal out there. When it comes to the “strongest”, we are far from the top. We have no thick skin like sharks, flesh tearing teeth like lions and tigers.
So why have we been able to stick around for so long?
Two things: oxytocin and serotonin.
The reason humans have survived and thrived are the basic needs for community, a circle of safety. Now I might be losing you here, as you’ve heard circle of safety plenty from these posts. But when we depend on each other and work with each other, we find that oxytocin and serotonin are playing a massive part. They are what bind us together long term.
Your challenge this past week was to make an effort to bring your team together by your example of dependence on one person daily.
Evaluate how that went- right now. How did people react? Where were the kinks? Take time to evaluate and figure out what you want to change. Any challenge without this process is useless.
We survive as a team, the same way early humans survived… by depending on and trusting each other.
Keep up the progress you are making and be encouraged by the potential progress ahead. That’s the whole point of leadership is seeing potential and working at it one day at a time.
Have a great weekend!
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister