On our walk today, we came across a group of runners who had clearly just finished some sort of race.
As I passed, I heard them talking together, deconstructing the run and recounting stories. There was a real energy as the shared experience enriched their conversation.
Also, as runners ran to the finish line, they were cheered on by those who had already made it.
You could see these runners lift their effort in response.
In many organisations I work with, leaders feel like they are running a marathon. No time to think, just back to back meetings.
One thing that makes a big difference, is whether you feel like you're running with your team cheering you on, on whether you feel like you are running a solo race.