Leaders are most successful when they focus outward — to strengthen and encourage, to improve and construct. While there are many definitions of the word, leadership, one used by the leadership guru John Maxwell is “leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less”. I do not have to define it anymore for you to realize that leadership is about people. It’s about your team. Last week we talked about loving your job — loving what you do 8-12 hours a day. And on the bad days, liking what you do. Some of you might be at the point where you find that impossible. But I assure you that one of the greatest rewards of leadership is being in a position to implement and build.
So, you ask, what about the bureaucracy that prevents changes you want to implement? It’s called compromise. Some of us wanted juice in the public school drinking fountains and were put out when our principals said it was impossible. But a select few of you just brought water in your backpacks. What am I saying? I’m saying that as a leader you decide how much you are going to be put out by what you can and can’t change. You also decide what compromises can be made to promote change. Your challenge this week is to make one change that will make you more fulfilled in the workplace.
If this requires you writing a list of things you wish were different about your work environment, then do it. But next to that sticky note, make sure there’s a list of things you can change. You want your team to be one that comes to you with a problem and a solution? Well, it starts with you.