Find Encouragement from Others
As a leader, you know it is part of your job to motivate your team—your company’s most vital asset. It’s just a given—a necessary aspect of your leadership responsibility. But where do you get your encouragement when it comes to your job? Who, aside from perhaps a spouse or loved one, is consistently available to pipe up and give you a shout out whenever you need a little motivation, encouragement, or effective piece of advice? If you’re like a lot of leaders, you may struggle here. After all, when you’re so used to cheering on others, focusing on yourself can be an uncomfortable notion. But Disciplined Leaders get that they’re human and require such motivation at times, too. They make it a point to build a team of trusted advisors, those who know them well and are willing to support them when it matters most.
Here’s what to consider as you create the team that will effectively cheer you on:
Choose people who are honest.
It’s hard to believe people when you have a gut feeling or outright know that they have a track record for fudging truth or pretending to be something they’re not. If you can’t trust them, then it’s really impossible to believe anything they say and do. Consequently, their “applause” will feel contrived if not downright fake. So carefully assess who it is among your peers or co-workers that you can trust and who will rally for you for the right reasons. Pick people who have integrity and who you respect—or even admire. These are the types of characters you want in your fan club, helping you achieve your goals and true potential.
Tap those who know you well.
For starters, they’ll be more likely to want to cheer you on because they genuinely care about you. But there’s also a good chance that they will be more effective. Because they know your strengths and weaknesses, they’ll have a good grasp for knowing what message you need to hear and how to say it in a way that keeps you focused on what’s vital.
Make sure they will be available.
Everybody is busy—people’s lives are generally hectic. So when you’re asking for someone’s help, make sure they really can do this job. Let them know that you need them to play a consistent role in supporting you in your goals, dreams, or greater vision of success. Be upfront: Express your needs, share your expectations of them, and determine if they’re right for the part. Sometimes people have great intentions and think they will be able to support you in your professional goals and development. Make sure that they can honor their commitment to you and be available to when it matters most.
What holds you back from creating a team of people to cheer you on to your goals?