We live in a world where people are looking for a leader more than ever.
People want to believe in something.
People want their work to be fulfilling.
The days of having a job for the sake of having a job are disappearing.
The damn truth is that people want to feel like they are contributing, people want to feel significant, and people want to feel a connection. Though it still requires courage and bravery to pursue meaningful work, it’s now easier, more than ever before, because of the technology and information that is accessible to us.
For business owners and managers, the truth is, people will eventually leave if not treated like the unique humans they are. Somewhere, at some point in time, many, many, many people in positions of authority decided being a Jackass was the only way to get results.
Oh, but wait; this mentality is not limited to authority figures. It also resides in so many people who want to hide their insecurities and shortcomings by showing their dominance by rising above everyone else.
So here is the harsh truth for you: being a Jackass doesn’t change your skill set. It doesn’t make you smarter, and it doesn’t make you more valuable. As a matter of fact, in today’s workplace, being a JA turns you into a liability.
So, you choose: grow a pair and learn how to create a sense of value in people OR don’t pay attention to your players who will eventually leave to find a vision driven and Jackless environment.
Michael Ian Cedar is a Coach at EngagedLeadership