Did you know that as a leader your job is about helping others get from where they are to where they want to be? That you have to connect with individuals on common ground before you bring them to the upper ground.
Unfortunately, many of you in leadership positions never realize this important philosophy. You maintain the perspective that leadership is about you and imposing your vision of your future. Regrettably, that is not a leader that is a boss; as you can see the difference is significant.
I remember when I had my first leadership position. I knew nothing about leadership, and I was immature. So I barked orders and micromanaged everything because I though that is what a leader did. Yes, I got the job done but by sacrificing my subordinates.
It would not be too much later in life that I would realize the significant difference between being a leader and a boss. There are three principles that I now exercise with any team that I lead:
- Value every team member
- Listen to every team member
- Help them grow professionally
The last principle is the most important to me. Part of your responsibility as a mature leader is to help your team grow professionally. That not only improves employee engagement but the companies bottom line.
Which principle would you try first? If I were you, I would try to value every team member. It’s not only an immediate win but at the end of the day we all want to matter.