Get Out From Behind Your Desk

Are you leading from behind your desk? When you lead from behind a desk:

1. GROWTH WILL PLATEAU

Leaders who disregard the value of contributions by their employees are disconnected from reality. When people feel their employment is only a path for organizational profit and efficiency, motivation dies. When undervalued, employees become disengaged and stop caring about working hard, being creative or becoming innovative.

2. FOCUSING ON PROCESS AND NOT PEOPLE HURTS BOTH

If all leaders know about their people is what they learn from a balance sheet or productivity report they are completely missing the boat. As the designated leaders you are patient zero of the corporate culture. A company’s culture isn’t to support a board of directors, it’s to support those who work each day to deliver solutions, meet goals and move the corporate mission forward.

3. PEOPLE BECOME DISCONNECTED, DISILLUSIONED AND DISCONTENT

When the actions of leaders are opposed to the organizations stated goals and values, they send a clear message to everyone that the “mission, vision and values” are just nice words written on the website. If this happens your people become disconnected, disillusioned and discontent − the exact opposite of what leadership needs.

Leaders must realize that their actions directly and indirectly influence and guide mood, morale and productivity. They must find and stamp out negative, punitive and outdated management beliefs anywhere and everywhere in the organization.

Leaders who value their people, understand their goals, include their ideas and reward their contributions see higher performance, achievement of goals and the realization of increased corporate growth. They enhance organizational culture Win-win.

So, get out from behind your desk and create a positive work environment where people, and business, can thrive.

John Chappelear
John is an award-winning author, consultant and speaker, with more than 30 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is recognized internationally as an expert in individual and organizational wellness. His book, The Daily Six, has helped individuals and organizations across the world become more positive and productive. He is the founder of Changing the Focus, LLC which creates and delivers programs that builds positive, powerful, and balanced individuals, and more productive, creative, and profitable organizations.