I had a new employee ask me "what do you want?" and it made me feel like I was the company and to many employees I think that leadership is a representative of the company. As much as I think I influence outcomes I don't feel like leaders own the company but rather we're stewards of the company goals. The point of the email is to encourage my team to think of themselves as a company driver and not being one that is driven by the company.
I wonder if there were others that had similar experiences or if you had any thing to add.
I sent this as an email to my team yesterday:
When given the opportunity to make a decision do you ask yourself what does my leader want me to do?
I say that the order by which all decisions (at work) are made should be as follows: this means that when you make a decision this list should be met in whole or at least to the recipient of the action.
If we attached brief effects or key drivers of each they would look like this:
1. Ethical / Moral / Esteem
2. Who signs your check
3. Who is the main recipient of your work
4. Who helps and deals with the way you work or results of your work
5. Who helps you facilitate your work effectively
I find it interesting that we often feel as if our leaderships "owns" us. We work for a large company and the leaders are not the main recipients. If this list is not in alignment it is your own responsibility to put it back. I am very interested in your opinion so please reply to all and share.