Do you believe in the company you work for? More importantly, do you believe the work you do makes a difference in this world – is actually with purpose and worthwhile?
In their book, Gung Ho!, Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles outline a key belief that everyone from the top to the bottom of an organizational chart ultimately wants their work to be worthwhile – to make a difference in this world. Think about it: Would you rather work on an assembly line in a factory putting the left peddle on tricycle 241, or would you rather know that you helped give another small child an ear-to-ear grin as they hopped up on a shiny, classic red, dual deck Radio Flyer tricycle?
Offering purpose is not the fundamental role of leaders; rather leadership – at its very core – it is to recognize, activate, and foster that innate purpose within others. Leading another person, a team or an organization is perhaps one of the most rewarding duties a person can have, in my humble opinion – and the most daunting as well. However, most seem to choose leadership because of some other petty or selfish motivation: money, pride or power. True leadership is less about self and more about what I term a “steward’s mindset“.
I have been witness to a harsh reality – teams are hard-won and easily lost. I have learned that leadership and team-building are more art than science – more stubbed toes than pats on the back. In this series, I will identify five core truths I hold as foundational to leadership and team-building success:
- Team: Success by Selection.
- Trust: Reward not Right.
- Tools: Technology, Training and Team.
- Communication: Feedback, Frequency and Forecast.
- Commitment: The Steward’s Mindset.
Join me Monday’s for this seven part series as I share what I have come to realize are pivotal points in leadership and team-building success – by which teams stand or fall. Next week – Team: Success by Selection.
Ken Stewart’s website, ChangeForge, focuses on the collision between the constantly changing worlds of business and technology in an information-centric world. Ken serves on the board of the Managed Print Services Association (MPSA), an international industry organization seeking worldwide best practices for the managed print services industry, and writes a weekly column for MPS Insights. He is also the founder of Seeking the Son, and is always interested in connecting with you to see how he might help you.