In my never-ending quest for more human leadership, I’ve discovered an essential truth:
If you encounter a workplace filled with people who love their jobs, you’ll find a great leader who made that happen.
Those kind of environments don’t just pop out of thin air – there needs to be a catalyst.
And that catalyst is the leader.
How does one build such a place, and thus, achieve leadership greatness?
Based on my experience, and a lot of research, leaders HAVE to do these six things:
- Trust AND respect their teammates such that the teammates feel they are allowed to leverage their strengths.
- Make sure their teammates understand their roles and how they make a difference, so each teammate can see themselves as an important part of the organizations’s future.
- Set a tone of caring for each other’s well-being, and hold everyone else to that same standard, so teammates feel they are (literally) surrounded by caring people.
- Constantly exhibit enthusiasm and vision through a passion to be not just good, but great, so teammates can be excited about the future.
- Recognize that teammates WANT to work for people that can become influential leaders in their lives, not just in their jobs, thus connecting a career with a fulfilled life.
- Tap into your teammates’ sense of purpose – the basic human need to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
These are all wonderful things for a great leader to do. But I can most assuredly tell you it takes something well beyond “by the book” management.
It takes more human leadership.
Get YOUR team to this place, this love, this happiness. Build trust and the culture of accountability that are the hallmarks of more human leadership, and I can tell you from my own experience, you’ll lead them there.
And better still, you’ll get there too.