Managers differ from leaders in that no one wants to be managed and most people want to be led. As a leader I care deeply about enabling my people do their best work.
I know that people cannot do their best work when their health, home and family are not in order. If their own health is not in order they cannot do their best work and cannot do their best to care for loved ones. They are at work, and the family crisis is always in the back of their mind.
The person’s health comes before family comes before work. When those things are in order, when they are at work, they can give their all. They are enabled to do their best work.
Creating a safe environment and enabling this to happen distinguishes a Multiplier Leader from a Diminisher Leader.
- Your Own Health
- Your Family
Sometimes it’s hard. What if a key team asset has a crisis and needs to take months leave of absence? The team needs to come together and cover the gaps. Each individual person may deal with a future crisis.
How to apply it:
- Take an honest assessment of your own health of mind and body. Are you taking care of yourself?
- Take an honest assessment of what baggage you carry to work. Are you thinking about a brewing home crisis instead of being fully present?
- Practice empathy with your peers. Support them when they need it most.