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Leadership and My Worldview

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Isn’t it interesting when life starts throwing something in front of you, forcing you to pay attention? When the same topic comes up over and over from all different sources, and it feels like it just keeps popping up? This book was recently recommended to me: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. I’m just a few chapters in, but it is about how to look at your life using the principals of design.

There are a number of exercises in it, one of which is to write down your WorkView and your LifeView. your WorkView is how you perceive work, what it is to you, why we do it. The LifeView, as you might guess, is writing down your view about life – why we are on the planet, what is our purpose.

It sounds deep, but it’s really meant to be a short exercise in helping you see if your work life and your personal values mesh well together. There is a lot more to it than that, and I really recommend picking up a copy of the book, especially if you are struggling with that age-old question of, “What do I want to do when I grow up?” I’m really loving it so far!

Anyway, something that came up for me is what I will call, “taking care of your own.” Whether that is friends or family, or even employees, I have very strong beliefs around taking care of, and being loyal to, people in my circle. It comes up in a number of ways in my life. I believe that you need to let people live their own lives, but you back them when they need it. If you can help, you should. It doesn’t matter if you agree or not, if someone makes a choice, you need to accept their play and be there for them. If you say you will do something, then you do it. I also believe in letting people know when you see them doing something good, or achieving something hard. Celebrate the wins.

Interestingly, as I drove into the office this morning, I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast with Frank Blake, who was the CEO of The Home Depot, among many other things. He was talking about the qualities of leadership and said that Jack Welch, the CEO of GE had told him the best quality of leadership was generosity. That hit home for me.

And, as I looked over my morning reads, I read this article The 4 Types of Bosses…and How to Manage Up to them. I am a manager of a small staff, and it got me thinking about what kind of manager I am – and who I want to be. As I move towards starting a business and making some changes in my life, I want it to be deliberate. I want to spend this time to really think about what kind of life, and what kind of person, I want to be.

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