I recently discussed finding the WHY in what you do each day. Be it work, volunteering, or play – there is an underlying reason why you do what you do that brings you security, connection, and meaning.
For some, finding the WHY is not an easy task. Most of us focus on getting done what is in front of us and do not really worry about why we are doing it.
You may have some employees who get through each day like this. Heck, you may get through your day this way.
Not paying attention to the why doesn’t stop you or them from leading a busy life, and probably a fruitful life, but it doesn’t always translate into a life of potential fulfilled.
Not Your Job – Or Is it?
As a manager, it is difficult to worry about everyone on your staff being fulfilled by what they do. You probably believe your job is to make sure the work gets done and senior level management is happy.
But is it really?
As a leader, you need to be conveying the mission of the firm to your employees and get them to believe in the mission. Then demonstrate your belief in them with support and investment in their potential.
As an effective leader, you help others to see their potential – and provide them with the tools to reach it.
In other words – you are their coach.
Coaches see in others what they can’t see themselves.
- You see how your assistant Judy is compassionate to others.
- When Don brings in donuts on Fridays he is showing that he wants to connect and share with others in the office.
- And when Susan calls a client to apologize for a late delivery, her empathy for the person who did not get their medication speaks volumes.
Each of these individuals may not recognize that these specific characteristics are special. And these are traits that can catapult them to greater opportunity within the company.
But you can see it. You can bring in your outside view to show your employees how they can develop and work on these qualities to open doors they never knew were there.
How about you? Who is coaching you to your true potential?
Meredith Wailes, President of Bloom Leadership, tells us:
In a coaching relationship, there is a constant loop of information sharing and feedback, creating an atmosphere of reciprocal learning. You are directing the path and can constantly move forward or learn more. You have responses from a human who is dedicated to your skill development, who isn’t expected to adhere to a set of standard rules and approaches.
Whether you are coaching others, or someone is coaching you, recognizing the true potential in others elevates everyone to another level of fulfillment. Including the mission of the company you all work for.
If coaching is not part of the culture of your workplace, consider it part of your job. Why? Because coaching matters!
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