From Across Your Desk

Think about this question for a moment: If you were sitting across the desk from you, what would you need? Yes, for a moment try to pretend you are working for you. What would you like from you? The following could be some thoughts:

Courage to be selfless: Make decisions that are first good for the company and the employees and not for you first. When sacrifices need to be made, I want to be confident that my leader will be the first to sacrifice before making others carry the burden. After all, we followed you here.

Confidence to move: To know that every decision made was well thought out, but not procrastinated. To move quickly, but not reckless. To take action and not deliberate because inaction makes me frustrated and concerned.

Trust me and make it safe: Trust that I can do my job. Trust that if I screw up I’ll come to you and not hide it, and I want to trust that you’ll help me fix it instead of firing me. Please create a culture where none of us are fearful to tell you bad news.

Believe in me: You know I want to grow and do great things. Help me get better. Help me by believing in me.

Teach me: I want to be successful like you. How did you get here? What did you learn? Can you teach me, or do I just have to learn as I age?

Build the future: I’m depending on you to make sure we have a future that is stable, exciting, blessed and something that I can steward long after you leave.

Summing-up: We all have a lot to learn. If you lead others, I’d like to challenge you to sit across from your desk observing “your space.” Then answer this question on a page in your journal: If I were sitting across the desk from me, what would I need from me?

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