My daughter and I were having a conversation this past weekend. Really a pep talk, before I sent her back to college to face the perils of Organic Chemistry.

We laughed about how grades you used to cry “over” in high school (with tears of despair), are now ones you cry “about” in college (with tears of joy).

The conversation reminded me of just how important expectations and perspective are in the life of a leader.

Pressure comes when expectations are too high. Mediocrity comes when they are too low.

The job of a leader is to challenge team members to reach their full potential without crushing their spirits.

Growing up I had a coach who challenged our team to give 110% effort. Sorry to break it to you, but that demand was impossible, and by his standard, we failed as a group.

All you can do is all you can do. Do your best and leave the rest up to God.

Set realistic expectations for your team and then trust them to get the job done.

Perspective matters. It is your job to maintain it for your team.