In his book The Business of Belief, Tom Asacker tells of some studies relating to teachers’ perception of their students, how when the teachers  were led to believe their students were bright, it led to the students performing better.


It’s a story about believing.  Firstly, the believing of the teachers, and then the believing of their students.

You could say, the students had been learning underperformance.  But now the world is different.

Our growing understanding of what it means to be Human highlights a paradigm shift has taken place.

Yes, leaders have to believe in those they’re responsible for, but every one of us has the opportunity to encourage another to greater performance, and we simply don’t know how far people can improve.

If we don’t see this and believe this, then all we’re doing is encouraging underperformance.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more, do more and become more, you
are a leader.”  (John Quincy Adams; The Business
of Belief)