In whatever relationship you are in, or whatever team you help lead, you have a choice to be a climate-controller. Some passive people are simply thermometers, reflecting the temperature in the room or relationship or team; these are followers–spectators that are not contributing much in the role of influencing others toward more positive outcomes.
Some people are thermostats, actually regulating the temperature in the room or relationship or team so that it’s comfortable for everyone to better thrive. They take the lead as full participants in climate-control. They are seeking to include every person, to affirm/validate every response, to challenge the status quo, to push for better communication lines and more effective systems. And the water level rises.
Check yourself: Are you exhibiting more thermometer or thermostat traits in the hats you wear these days?