Are you frustrated with some of the things you’re seeing around you at work? Do you wish that “those people” (whomever they might be) would just get their acts together and give you the resources, support, time, etc that you need to do what you need to do? Do you find yourself saying something like “If these freakin’ customers would just leave me alone, I could get my job done around here”?
Well…you are human. I get that. And we all have to deal with at least some people who need attitude adjustments–or maybe even lobotomies.
I get that, too.
Nonetheless, as valid as it might feel, finger-pointing is the last thing we should be engaging in–particularly if we aspire to be worthy of the handle, Extreme Leader.
There’s that old cliche that says for every finger you point at someone else, there are three pointing back at you. A little over-used, maybe? Kind of sappy? Yeah, I guess. But it’s still true. And it serves as a damn good reminder.
So, the next time you find your digit poking in some else’s direction, stop and ask yourself this (most?) fundamental of all leadership questions:
“What can I do, right now,
regardless of what anyone else around here is or is not doing,
to change my piece of this company/organization/world for the better?”
The solutions that pop out may very well surprise you.
Let me know what happens.
And don’t forget to watch your fingers.