For anyone who's taken a minute or two to read this blog you know I hate excuses. To me, 95% of the problems in any organization are a direct result of leadership. Let's face it, our employees are talented, want to do a good job, and come to work every day hoping the organization is paying attention enough to give them the tools and support they need to be successful.
It's up to us to make it work. The employees are already fired up and ready to go.
The longer I have the privilege to serve in a leadership role, the more I realize that so much of work, and life, is based on the quality of the relationships we have with others. Yes, we need to understand our business and the specific duties in our jobs. But I'm guessing each one of us could rattle off the names of very bright leaders we've worked with who were absolutely terrible interacting with others. Their brainpower resulted in absolutely zero. Nada. Nothing.
Old Song - New Perspective
So how does this relate to one of the most, ahem, "classic" songs of all time? Simple. Think about the last verse...."Put your whole self in." When we put our "whole selves in" to our work it makes quite a difference. The relationships that we cultivate in a public way with our team members are very often the result of how much of ourselves we give.
How About You
Have you retreated to a sheltered, protected relationship with those around you? Are you afraid that people might get "too close?" Why? Imagine what a difference you could make if you showed more of the real you? After all, your organization hired you...not someone who hides behind a facade. Are you ready to put your whole self in?
I'd love to hear from you.