To be a leader is a true privilege. It is not about position, power, or status. It requires you to work for those people you are responsible for. To commit to creating an environment in which your people can thrive – and want to thrive.
Leadership requires consistency; showing up for your people day after day, caring, being curious, listening, taking action, and taking responsibility for your role in their life.
The ripple effects of your leadership are far-reaching. Your influence can build people up, or break them down. You can facilitate people in being the best version of themselves in and out of the non-existent confines of “work”. Because work is just an activity, an aspect of life. There is no divide between work and life, not really. The people you have the responsibility of leading are just that, people. They are a person first, employee second. The role of employee is just one of their many roles in life. How they feel about the work they do and the culture in which they work, will affect how they feel and how they show up in every other aspect of their life.
Positive energy and passion, the desire and commitment to building trust, the willingness to ask and truly listen, to care, to boost morale – those are true leadership qualities. There is no room for ego. There is no room for power trips. A true leader will look to serve their people. To inspire. To lift. To foster and nurture potential. That is how you build a culture where people love their job. They feel valued, appreciated, listened to, trusted, seen, heard, respected, invested in, and inspired.
Be a leader who inspires, not manipulates.