When I lead teams, the most energizing thing I could do was to spend time with my team members.
Every time I could get out into the centers and connect with people, I left feeling engaged, inspired and frankly full of new ideas!
But, even though I knew it fed my spirit and my own engagement, I found every excuse not to do that very thing.
There are so many demands on leaders today.
I really do understand how complex your role is and how many different directions you may be pulled every day.
But, I also understand the most valuable resource you have access to is your people.
Making time to connect with the folks on your team, is a vital factor.
It truly is how you feed the productivity, motivation and engagement of your organization.
If you knew this.
You would be with them more often.
But making this time, is a practice and it is a commitment.
What are you prioritizing over your people?
Are you quick to cancel your commitments with your directs?
Do you have a reputation for being on time or late to meet with them?
These are tough questions to ask ourselves. Sometimes we love our answers and sometimes we don’t.
I’d invite you to take a moment and reflect and inspect your practice of being with your team.
Is there room for improvement and if so, what’s one thing you could do this week to change it?
Try that one thing for 90 days and see what the impact is.
When we increase our time with our team, we can dramatically improve performance and engagement.
Let me know how it goes!