Pride and Passion
When leaders are working with their people, fostering collaboration and strengthening competence and confidence, pride, passion and engagement will be the return on a leader’s investment. Does this take time? Sure it does! Does this take effort? Sure it does! Was Rome built in a day? Was Rome built by one person?
Once a strong relationship exists between the one who aspires to lead and others who choose to follow, insights about each person’s reality will exist, providing knowledge of how much challenge or direction each needs, how far each wishes to stretch and what time span each can endure.
Just imagine you are ready to lead a team along a sandy patch. One of your team is in a wheel chair, one has no shoes, one has a fear of sand and yet another is a professional desert runner. Some may want more information than others, some may prefer pre-training on a different surface, some may wish to be physically helped while others may simply ask for freedom to find their own way. Leaders who provide choice to their team members influence the pride people report back. With each wishing to reach the end of the path, a leader willingly finds different ways to reduce anxiety for some and boredom for others, to stretch each just beyond their comfort zone and build their willingness to go beyond the track ‘tomorrow’, facilitating pride and passion.
‘When leaders enable others to act, team members are more than 30% more engaged in their workplaces,’ report Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, while also vastly increasing levels of employee pride. Show me a leader who would not want that!