I’ve been thinking a lot about what executive leadership is going through now that the world of work has so dramatically changed in such a short period of time.
Are there elements of our pre-pandemic work life that have survived? Is the era of employee activism going to continue to flourish and completely reshape how organizations function; and candidly, how organized labor functions as well? Or, is this all just a collective recoil from the shock of so much change hitting at once?
That’s a lot to digest. And for today’s executives, that’s a lot to figure out quickly in order to not look irrelevant.
Irrelevant. Perhaps the most lethal word to describe a leader at any level.
There is another component to all of the talk about the new world of work. That is, what is the experience of today’s leader?
Is the job really worth it any longer?
If employees are dissatisfied on so many levels is there actually an opportunity to make a meaningful difference?
Let me say as strongly as possible: yes it is worth it!
Serving in a leadership capacity is one of the most challenging, rewarding, criticized, influential, burdensome and important roles in any organization.
How many of your colleagues “have all the answers” when it comes to how the company should be run? And, how many of them step up to take leadership roles and put themselves and their “ideas” to the test?
Friends…precious few do this. It is far easier to attack from the safety of the sidelines than it is to step up and do your absolute best to lead the way.
What do I get as a leader? Just the greatest job of all.
Keep going. Your organization needs you.
Thanks for being here.