If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more you are a leader.’ John Quincy Adams
Every individual has a maximum potential for any given task or skill. For most of us, for most of the time it remains just that – potential. Rather like a lump of coal we have a tremendous potential energy but in the absence of the right conditions we can remain just as inert as that lump of coal.
Leadership is about unlocking that potential in the people we lead – done right it means we get the most out of people and that team members get the most out of themselves. But this potential energy is entirely discretionary. You can’t make anyone give more than they want. The art in leadership is to find what it is that inspires people to go the extra mile.
Depressingly A 2014 Global Work Place study by Towers Watson found only 35% of workers in a survey group of 32,000 full time employees described themselves as highly engaged. Grim reading but look at the potential opportunity in this – imagine the possible gains in performance, retention and competitiveness that can be made by improving engagement. How can we do this?
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