What Now? Engage!
Following is a Guest Post from the Lead Like Timothy Blog by Jonathan Cardwell.
Last week I posed the question, “What now?”
The answer: LeadOn. I talked about how love is a verb even in, especially in, a work environment. As a leader, loving and seeking to serve those around us are paramount.
But there’s more to LeadOn than just love. Let’s move onto E.
There are various interpretations for this word, and many would be applicable here. Engage with a laser focus on your objective. Engage your team. Get off the sidelines and engage. But the one I want to park on is engaging others – engaging your team.
How do you engage your team? How do you get the benchwarmers in your organization to get in the game? I’ve found there is a two-part answer.
First, share your vision.
Jeff Henderson, former Director of Sports Marketing at Chick-fil-A and current lead pastor at Gwinnett Church in Atlanta says that vision is a team sport. It is not like golf where one person is solely responsible for hitting the ball down the course. On the contrary, it is more like football where the quarterback is the point leader, but the whole team joins in moving the ball down the field.
How do you share a vision? Communicating it is key, but the real vision-casters are the vision-carriers on the frontline. In reality, although the CEO is the point leader, the frontline employees usually have a more direct impact in carrying and casting the vision to the customers. If you can involve your people in the vision for your organization, department, or team, they will become vision-casters themselves.
Second, multiply your vision-casters.
If we know that the most effective vision-casters aren’t the ones giving keynote speeches, but they are the frontline, minimum-wage employees who buy into the organization’s vision, then we can focus on multiplying them.
How do you multiply vision-casters? A great way that Jeff Henderson suggests is sharing stories. Have team members share stories on a weekly basis on how they are carrying out the vision. The more people hear these stories the more they will want to be a part of them and will begin to carry that vision even more fervently.
Engaging others has much to do with buy-in to your organization’s vision. Share the vision and multiply the vision-casters and you will be well on your way to a team who is fully engaged.
L – love
E – engage
Next week I will share the next letter!
So, what now? LeadOn.
Mr. Cardwell is a 22-year old graduate of Ole Miss who studied business management and currently works for Chick-fil-A. Leadership, personal development, and developing other leaders are his passions. He also loves fishing, window-shopping for new cars, and peach rings. He can’t wait to share with you what he has learned so far and begin the journey alongside you as you seek to lead and live better. See more of his work at https://leadliketimothy.wordpress.com/