The Parking Lot

When I was around twelve years old, my father woke me up one day and took me to an empty parking lot.

I was going to learn how to drive. 

When we got there, he said, "Son, go crazy and drive around."

So, that's what I did. I turned the car around 360 style, sped up, slowed down and everything in between. I felt comfortable because there was nothing to hit and if anything were to go wrong, I knew my dad would be there to help. He made me feel comfortable.

As a leader and effective communicator, do others feel safe around you? Do they feel safe speaking up and making mistakes. Can your next conversation be like an empty parking lot, where you both can feel free to stop, go and do 360s?