You're sitting in a room filled with 200 people; managers and leaders from all around the world, lined in rows across a conference room floor, listening attentively to the speaker. Some of these people are first-time managers and others are highly experienced leaders.
It's about 10 minutes into his speech when the man on stage pauses...
He asks the crowd to stand up if they have worked for a bad boss before.
You stand up... likely recalling several managers who, let's just say, had room for improvement.
As you scan the room, you notice that you aren't alone. In fact, it appears as though 20-30 people are standing with you.
Turns out, there are actually quite a few people in the room who can recall a bad boss.
After 30 seconds of silence, the speaker asks another question.
He says, "Now I want you to stand up if you have worked for an incredible boss. I mean, a boss that has made significant, positive impact on your life and career. I want you to remain standing if you have had a manager or a leader come into your life and push you to become a better version of yourself. If you've worked for that kind of boss, I want you to remain standing."
It's right at that moment that you recall someone very special in your life. You've had one of those managers. When you think about it, the only reason you're at this conference is because of one of those managers.
So you stay standing.
And when you pan the room again, you notice something rather odd.
Everyone is now standing alongside you.
It's hard to tell, but it looks as though not a single person remained in their seat. Every signle person in this room has worked for that type of exceptional leader.