Believe it or not, what you look for in other people are the qualities they look for in you. It’s the most wonderful feeling when you ask someone to do something and they actually get it done. It’s simple to be dependable, but less and less common to find those that are. As a leader you set the example for dependability. When you are asked to do something you can actually accomplish and you get it done, it builds your dependability. Likewise, when others do things you’ve asked them to do in a timely manner, they become someone you keep going back to. As a leader you can seek out opportunities to do things for others. Being useful and helpful to your team members and those who you supervise is like collecting gold. A vital currency of trust.
This week try to find at least one opportunity a day to go out of your way to help someone in what they’re doing.
From moving offices to assisting with a patient, it is vital that you serve those you lead. A common thought is “the more I do for others, the more I have on my plate and the more overwhelmed I will become”. However, when you seek out opportunities to assist your team members in the work-place two things will happen. You will start to gain greater trust from your team members, and you will find your job gets easier.
How does that work? A five to fifteen minute effort on your part to help one person a day is like sowing seeds. It may not be a rapid harvest, but as a leader you will see, as your example of helping others in small ways results in your team members starting to help each other, how your worksite will become more efficient and more supportive. Which results in an increase in morale, follow-through, and retention. If that sounds simplistic, trite, or just plain wishful thinking, I understand. However, there is too much evidence to the contrary to doubt. Multiple examples of this can be found in a marvelous book published in 2016, Simply Brilliant, by William Taylor.