If you had the opportunity to work for yourself, would you? This question has been popping up in conversations with several clients lately. It’s come up during a board strategy session. It’s been discussed during coaching calls. And, it’s come up while discussing the challenges of working in a multi-generational workplace.
Ask the hard questions
Focus on enhancing the team’s working environment now. Focus on leadership and its zone of influence. Focus on how, when and where leadership impacts others. There are a few questions that can help hone that focus. Consider:
- Would I want to work for myself?
- How well could I perform if I had to work in this environment, with these tools, with the information and feedback I’m provided?
- Would I feel understood, appreciated and challenged if I had to work for a manager who managed as I do?
- What am I doing to regularly help my team members develop their skills so they’re successful here, have a safe place to work and actually like coming to work every day?
- Would I be able to envision a future for myself here if I worked for a manager like me?
After answering these hard questions, focus on those that are particularly uncomfortable. When these questions are no longer nerve-wracking, it’s a sign of being on the path to a workplace that no longer makes team members squeamish because they know they are the focus. And they’ll want to work for you.