Have you ever come across good work? Work that you thoroughly enjoy or think is extremely valuable? Maybe your everyday work is good work.
How do you handle things when the good work you do is also hard work? It’s hard according to the sacrifice(s) you make to accomplish the work.
I value the influence of people who help to direct my life. In a recent personal experience, I observed a good leader talk me though a decision that he has made for his company—to hire outside the company for a position which mission is to primarily establish a culture of developing team members and promoting from the inside.
At a minimum, it is unfortunate when good leaders make decisions that undermine values because any progress is weakened compared to decisions that align with chosen values.
Yes, hypocritical decisions happen at times. But why? What drives hypocrisy in acts of good intent.
In the above circumstance, it came down to timing. The leader made the hiring decision at the point of personal, professional exhaustion—in his schedule and emotionally.
As one leader has put it, exhaustion makes cowards of us all.
Note to self: decide before I am forced to decide. This timing, when emotion is less of a driver, may help me to better keep aligned my decisions and values.
Leaders, how open are you to hearing and understanding the hopes and dreams of the people whom you lead? Are you so stuck on and driven towards your vision that you miss the heartbeat of what motivates your people?