Relationships are key to success.
The people you have around, your family, friends, colleagues, the mentor you discuss difficult topics with, those you turn to when it’s time to celebrate, debrief, understand.
The idea of the lonely hero triumphing against all odds is just wrong. Success is quite predictable, and the relationships you are building – the two-way relationships – are the stepping stones.
As a leader, saying I am sorry is your responsibility. It helps healing and looking forward, it gives perspective, it makes you human.
It is also your responsibility to not make of I am sorry an empty sentence. If you find yourselves saying that too often, as a reaction to the same situations, it should be clear it is time for you for a change.
Once you have put something out in the world, it is your responsibility to ensure it is used in a proper way.
Shifting the responsibility to users and customers is just spineless.
What if a simple task, instead of fueling regret for the lack of a challenge, would push us to give our best consistently?
What if a simple goal, instead of fueling discontent for the little reward, would make us full?
Difficult, complex, busy, huge are often considered measures of success and satisfaction.
You can take a different route.
If you do really care about the well-being of your employees, set the right example.
Go on holiday.
Avoid late night emails.
Go home early.
Take time for a walk.
Delegate and prioritize.
Do not be always on.
It starts with you.