Leadership Tip

How to foster a sense of purpose

We all want to find meaning in what we do. As a leader, you can help your team foster this inner sense of purpose by asking them a few simple questions:

  1. What are you good at? What do you take on because you believe you’re the best person to do it? What have you been noticed for throughout your career? The idea here is to help people identify their strengths.
     
  2. What do you enjoy? In a typical working week, what do you look forward to doing? These questions help people find or rediscover what they love about work.
     
  3. What feels most useful? Which work outcomes make you proudest? Which of your tasks are most critical to the team or organisation? The answers can highlight the inherent value of certain work.
     
  4. What creates a sense of forward momentum? How is your work today getting you closer to what you want? The point here is to show people how their current role helps them advance toward future goals.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Five Questions to Help Your Employees Find Their Inner Purpose by Kristi Hedges. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

 

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