The story of the man falling through the ice flows in his sleeping bag is one of the thousands told by the many accounts recorded of Shackleton’s journey. Yet I find it to be specifically applicable to each of us. There will be people on your team that need more help than others. Those who have “fallen into the icy water”, that may need more watching over.
You already have a lot on your plate, I realize that.
However, leadership isn’t about doing more, it’s about setting an example so that others want to be more. Including yourself. This week, your challenge was to check in with your team and observe who’s fallen into the ice. This requires emotional intelligence, as well as picking up on social cues.
For some of you that may be easy, for some of you, maybe not. Like any foundation of leadership, you start somewhere. We all learn at different paces, but when it comes to emotional intelligence and social intelligence, I have found a fail-safe route for those trying to connect, is listening, making eye contact, and following up with them on the concerns they expressed to you or comments made to you.
This equates to caring, which if you’re reading this, is a good start. Caring about your team is the launch point for every successful leader.
This past week’s challenge was to find your teammates on the margin. Sometimes you’re the only one who will see them. Leadership is an art of action. It doesn’t happen all at once, but it does happen one small action at a time.