Think back to last week… did anyone at your Thanksgiving table ask, “What are you thankful for this year?” I’m guessing many of you heard this question, as it is a popular custom. Did any of you answer, “Being the leader at my organization”? I’m guessing maybe not. If you are a leader in an organization, you should be thankful. Here’s why:
- You get more information and intelligence about your organization that helps you understand why things are the way they are. Those without your perspective and inside knowledge don’t get the context they need, don’t fully understand all the issues, or hear directly all the different opinions from all the constituencies. This leaves them feeling out of control, confused and frustrated. And while that ambiguity may be annoying, sometimes it is also the intellectual challenge that some of you thrive on. Solving complex, sticky issues can be fun and you get to do that as a leader.
- You have more influence on decisions. You often get to weigh in, share your perspectives and expertise. Perhaps you don’t get to make all those decisions but you have a say! That is a privilege.
- You have an opportunity to be a role model that others look up to. You can demonstrate how leaders can support others career growth, be a good listener, watch others gain confidence and skills that they (sometimes) even attribute to you. That is a big deal-it makes a huge difference.
- Your compensation is likely much higher than most of your employees, especially if you are at a large organization. This affords you the luxury of not worrying about whether your kids are getting enough food, are being well-educated, and/or are getting a solid foundation for a successful, productive life. It also allows you to pay for things that take up too much time or are too stressful to do. You may sometimes wish for a bigger raise, bonus, or profit share but the basics of what you need are covered.
I recognize that some of the above benefits may feel like a double-edged sword. I also know that there are things that many of us deal with that overshadow the good in our lives. And I know I often lose sight of how much others want the things I may even complain about. Yet this is the season to take stock. If you need to take a step back, count your blessings, or be more mindful of what you already have, give me a call. We can talk about it.