I just wrapped up one of our biggest family trips of the year, from Australia back to the USA, with a few stops for some pre and post family visit adventures. In total, our family spent close to 60 hours in the air as we moved around for our nearly three-week whirlwind. Before we left, I bought tickets, had rough plans for each day, and big ideas for what we needed to see and do. I think we all know what they say about the best laid plans… Now that I’m home, I’ve been reflecting on the leadership lessons from travel with kids as I mentally replay the highlights of our incredible adventure.
The best leaders engage people not only with their stunningly smart ideas and heroic experiences but also, and quite simply, showing up as who they are. Unfortunately, for many leaders, the “who” is buried under years of reinforcement from poor role models that push the overuse of leadership muscles that are seriously outdated.
Work is filled with not only challenges but also moments of team and individual success that are both big and small. Sometimes, the success will be your own and other times it’s a colleague that has their moment to shine.
You’re thrilled for them, right?
- Your BFF got promoted
- The manager in the office next door is heading to London for her next assignment
- Your colleague was invited to lunch with the SVP
- A friend that started with the company the same day as you has closed five sales and you’re still on number two
- In the all hands meeting, your team member was singled out for their contribution