The beauty of management is that you get to ride the highs and ride the lows of humanity each day – - and sometimes within the hour. I had recently experienced one of those deep disappointing lows. And, I needed to remind myself this morning about why I love what I do.
I was speaking to a group of interns a short time ago and they asked me what makes a great leader. Not an unusual question coming from aspiring young professionals looking for the secret sauce – the 10 quick steps to the top.
I shared the usual profile characteristics: Engage. Truth (speak it). Serve. Inspire. Learn. Recognize. Humble (be). Admit mistakes. Lead. WORK.
Yet, I told them it is so much bigger than this.
As Anake Goodall states in signing off on his blog comments to me, Namaste. NAMASTE. I believe the secret sauce lies right here.
I believe that a manager is responsible for feeding families…and feeding and nourishing souls. It is a privilege. An honor. Something that should be cherished. And not toyed with in a climb to the top.
It’s a matter of treating your team with the utmost of reverence and respect.
It is then my obligation to Be Good. Do Good. See Good. Tease out the good. Make them Good.
And be prepared for some deep lows on your journey. The upside is that the next high is just around the corner.