I recently had the opportunity to speak at a conference about creating a culture of leaders, and I was reminded of the inherent power and responsibility each of us has as business leaders to improve the quality of life of the people we’re serving. The impact we can all have on someone has the potential to not only improve that person’s life, but to also touch the lives of others. There’s a positive ripple effect. There’s also been a lot of talk going on about changing work. I can tell you this; changing work is first built upon changing lives, and this also has the potential to change our world.
As leaders, we are creators. Giving others the chance to be creators in their own lives, by empowering them to be leaders as well, is one of the most powerful ways we can give back and live up to our responsibilities. Often times, this calls for us to help our people escape the confines their comfort zones. We can show them there’s something more. We can show them there’s something better.
Build the Connection
One of the greatest ways we can give back and help others thrive is by giving our time. As coaches and mentors, it’s a priority to build a genuine connection with our people. People need to be able to trust those they look to for leadership, resources, and ongoing support. Effective leadership has always been built on trust. Everyone that comes to work has their own dreams and aspirations. They also have their own challenges. Set aside time for your people so you can understand each of these areas of their lives, and you can then identify how you can best be of service. To achieve something better, sometimes it helps to have someone show us the possibilities, and then help guide us to discover the answers on how to get there.
One of the fundamental truths of my own life is that any success I’ve been able to achieve has been predicated on the generosity of others providing opportunity. Full disclosure; I’ve spent a lot of time in my own comfort zone. But when others see the potential for something better, we can come to the realization that our comfort zone isn’t actually so comforting. It’s limiting, and it’s detrimental to the beauty and possibility of the future. By understanding barriers to moving beyond someone’s comfort zone, we’re in a better position to identify the right opportunities to then unleash one’s potential.
The best measure of our success as leaders will always be the extent that we’ve improved the quality of life of those around us. There’s a purpose behind what we want to do with our lives. Connecting one’s purpose with their potential can be the best way to help them move forward and strive for something better. Slowly, but surely, our work undoubtedly makes our world a better to place to both work and live. One life, and one day, at a time.
Wishing all the best to you and your loved ones during this holiday season.