Life can be a struggle at times for all of us. It can zap our energy and steal away our passion. But, there is hope in that when we go on the journey together, with people who are motivated and eager to learn, it becomes a Fun and Exciting journey, all working toward a common goal. That is the payoff that is where the reward comes from, not necessarily a tangible reward, but one that makes us feel good about ourselves and others. And our energy found when we push toward this ever changing goal, is what catapults us to success. Creating an environment of teamwork, trust, respect and energy can lead us to achieve great tasks.
First off, take ownership of your “ship”! In this era of self-improvement and self-help, we are encouraged to use the power within ourselves to direct our path. I truly believe this. No one is responsible for your own happiness and success path, except you. It is the brutal truth.
But, we as humans are at times weak or lacking in focus, we want someone else to do the work, or help us rid ourselves of this lack of motivation and effort. We want the magic “cure”. We want the reward without the effort. We are looking for leaders to pick us up and carry us to the “promised land”.
So how can we become the type of Leader that people want to work with? A leader that earns trust, respect and honesty is a true leader.
Being a Leader is not so much about walking around barking orders and sitting up high above your workers, it is about empowering, encouraging and listening to the team around you. In this way, we can learn what it is that motivates people and what obstacles are standing in the way of performance. Give people the tools and trust to get the job done, and then step back and watch the results. A leader knows when to step in and guide and also knows when to get out of the way and let the “expert” show the leader how it is done. When this happens, Trust is strengthened and the “magic” starts to happen.
We must Trust the people working with us and for us. This Trust will take time to achieve, and effort, patience and performance. When I was in the military, Trust was so very important. Actually your Life could depend on Trust. We are not dealing with the same level of Trust within the work place, but we aim to achieve something that mimic’s that level of Trust. When your team knows you have their back, and stand behind them, willing to help make things right, good things happen.
Listening intently to the team we have around us can clue us in to the obstacles preventing peak performance, anyone and everyone should be encouraged to create new ways of getting tasks done. All input needs to be heard and evaluated, there is never a “dumb” idea. Create an environment that encourages ideas and solutions. Not an environment that only reveals issues and problems, without solutions.
Continual learning and rededication to our craft is essential in life. We can never stop learning and growing. We will never “know it all” or can sit back and just “coast”. With this mindset, our limits are endless and our journey will be exciting and rewarding. The energy that we put out into the world will return to us. Our relationships will flourish and we will wake up each day wanting to feel more and do more. We will be passionate.
by Anthony Loparco
Hitachi Capital America Corp