I talk with a lot of leaders who tell me about their challenges at work. Almost always it comes down to people issues.
I ask two questions…
- How many people on your team probably shouldn’t be there? (hiring mistake to begin with, they’ve allowed their skills to stagnate or degrade, the need for their role has changed over time, they’ve mentally quit, their attitude has soured)
- What are you doing on a consistent basis to cultivate a better environment? (an environment where people want to grow, can grow, and are committed to the work and the team)
Both questions usually make people a little uncomfortable. Which is good, of course. Being uncomfortable leads to growth, right?
An important part of leading is creating and developing a special team of people who trust each other and are highly committed to the objectives of the team.
If you’re a leader, you need to hold yourself accountable to that if you really want to solve your people challenges and make things more enjoyable. (You do, don’t you?)
You need to be as committed and consistent in your leadership role as you ask your people to be in their roles and with the people they serve.
If you’ve got challenges with your team, let me encourage you to do the challenging work…
1st: If you’ve got people on your team who shouldn’t be there and/ or are keeping others from doing great work, ask yourself why you’re allowing that. Then stop allowing it.
2nd: Embrace your day-to-day responsibility to cultivate that special team of people and special environment you wish you had. Realize that it’s in your hands and if you continue to do what you’ve done (or not done), it’s really unreasonable to expect a positive change.
Model the behavior you want to see.
Connect with the people you lead.
Involve them as much as possible.
That’s it. Wonderfully simple. Your day-to-day, in-the-trenches framework to a more enjoyable day for everyone. We call it Leading Simply.
It works on a personal level too.
Think about it. Can you imagine how much more enjoyable things would be if we all did what we wanted others to do? If we connected more with each other and were more inclusive (rather than exclusive)?
Life is short. We’re not here to fill or kill time.
We’re here to make good things happen for other people. We do that, it all works.
Go deeper and make it stick. Pick up a copy of my book Lead Simply (or several for your managers) by clicking here.
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If I missed you with my Starbucks experience and revelation about the job of a leader, you can read that by using this link. Hint: It’s always the leader who’s responsible.