It happens time after time, I feel down and our employees cheer me up!
As leaders, we are responsible for the lives of our employees but yet many of us don’t understand that important piece of our job. When I started to work as a team leader, my father told me a couple of rules that he always followed himself. His first rule was to always respect the people, never ask them to do something you are not willing to do yourself. The second rule was to never forget that you are responsible for them, their security, their learning, and their success.
Over the years I kept these rules as my north, nothing like practice to learn day by day how to be a better leader. Through the years I learned that employees look up to their supervisors until they don’t. When the supervisor shows no respect or care, people stop respecting them and after that their commitment and motivation are gone too.
I make a conscious effort every day to respect. lead, motivate, develop, recognize the good, teach the right way and never get complacent using continuous improvement as the road map to success. Some days are better than others, but something of this is working because I have seen many of my employees to grow up to become great leaders. I can tell the difference between employees that enjoy their jobs and those who do not. When you find those employees on your way, their passion and attitude towards their work cheer you up.
Our job as leaders is to exercise our responsibility and keep working to positively affect the lives of our employees. Motivation, positivism, and commitment are contagious, let’s spread it!