Being a leader is not easy. Every day brings with it a new set of challenges and obstacles. In my work as a leadership coach, I see that my clients are constantly faced with various problems, complications, and crises that they are expected to solve.
The decisions they make to deal with these daily challenges play a fundamental role in whether they will be remembered as good or bad bosses.
However, leadership not only brings problems, but it also brings rewards that reflect both your leadership values and the commitment and dedication of the people you lead. There are a few things you should not take for granted as a leader:
If your employees are loyal to you in both good and bad times and give you their full support in your endeavor, then your leadership is rewarded with invaluable loyalty that few people can boast about.
If you have employees ready to do whatever you ask of them; employees who do not question your every decision and believe in your vision, then you know how important and great is the power of trust.
If you lead your employees through fear, control, micromanagement, and harassment, then you take your team for granted. Don’t do it. If you are lucky enough to lead a group of hardworking people who give their best in everything they do, you should be grateful. Look for ways to show your gratitude and help your employees reach their full potential.
People who have spent time in a toxic workplace, where everyone is stressed and cynical, and the atmosphere is filled with mistrust and tension, can appreciate the value of a company culture in which people feel happy and productive. Positive leaders create such a culture, so you should pat yourself on the back for a job well done if you have succeeded.
The balance between personal and professional life
Leadership and work-life balance are not natural partners. This is the reason why I spend a lot of time with my clients lecturing in this area. If you have achieved a good balance between work and leisure, be grateful, because this is an extremely valuable reward. If you are not, keep working to achieve this goal for yourself and your team
People do not value health until they lose it. Be grateful for your good health and take the time to take care of yourself if you have problems.
My experience shows that the less you take for granted and the more grateful you express for what you have, the happier and more successful you will be as a leader.