I love this post from Zen Habits called, Why You Should Think About Encouraging Others to Be Brilliant. The notion of how we can help people manifest their best work and life is central to my work as a catalyst. At work, I do this to help individuals and team improve results. As a friend, I do this to help the people I care about be happier. And in volunteering, I do this to try and help the organization change a slice of the world.
People, and groups (expressed in culture), will rise to meet an inspiring vision of themselves. Some people are highly self-motivated and don't need encouragement, support or a catalyst. But most of us do better at work and at life when we have a powerful force in our lives.
I like the point the post makes about how ego, envy, competition, and our own self-image issues get in the way. Here is a quote from the post:
Agreed. We all have a dark side that comes out every now and then. And we can all act with humility and generosity of spirit. This might sound a bit fuzzy, but it is a very business oriented skill. It means cheering on your peer and congratulating the accomplishments of others. Be happy for people when they receive recognition (even if you feel you have done as good of work and have not been recognized).
Check the full post out. Generate breakthroughs for others. Pay it forward. It all comes back to you - and even more so.