There’s a world out there. Open a window, and it’s there.Robin Williams
It’s May 2020 and unless you have been sleeping under a rock, you know that the world is in the midst of a pandemic that has people both fearful and excited, working from home and working harder than ever, confused. I told myself I wasn’t going to write about this situation. There are literally hundreds of articles about crisis management, leading during change, and working with new technologies. But, I can write about what I know…. I know people and I know leadership.
A few weeks into the stay at home measures, a friend of mine suggested I take a look at a Facebook group called A View from My Window. The entire social media content consists of pictures taken by people of their current views. I’ve seen photos of Greek islands, Italian villas, and seaports in Croatia. My scrolling has given me a view of Texas thunderstorms, tornadoes over the Great Plains, and even hospital rooms from the office of essential medical personnel It’s been pure enjoyment and respite from the conflicting news reports and confusing data otherwise streaming in the media.
Some of the most interesting pictures are those that focus on a single subject – a beautiful red flower or a solitary tree in a field. I’ve been thinking about the view from my leadership window. Do I see the beauty in the individual or am I only looking at the wider angle? We are called upon to be visionary leaders; however, sometimes the vision can block our view. Vision is important to leadership, but a focus on the individual is critical to leading.
Do you see the team member whose home feels more like a prison than a workplace? How about the office clown who is missing his audience? A team is only as good as its players and players need a coach, especially when our plans have been altered and purpose obstructed. There are a few things you can do to make sure your view is as clear as your vision.
Look Up – Look up from the reports, budgets and market analysis necessary to organizational success to invest in success of the human capital in front of you.
Look Deep – Look close at the players on your team and see them as individuals not only participants in a greater game.
Look Inside – Look inside and be clear about what you see. Both vision and view must begin within the leader.
Take a look … what’s the view outside your window?