"Why do you do what you do?"
One Employee Question That Leaders Can't Afford to Ignore, Gallup
As a leader you are expected to look at data, make an analysis, and then action-plan based on that analysis. But are you missing a very important piece of data? One that could really be a clear and present danger? A danger to employee engagement, retention, productivity, and more?
Gallup has recently reported on the erosion of mission and purpose at work. When you dive into their Global Indicators, question 8 reveals that the connection between the organization's mission and employees feeling that their job is important has taken a cliff dive as we came out of the pandemic. The percent who strongly agree that the mission or purpose of their organization makes them feel their job is important is at a record low at only 33%.
Don't miss this data, too
You're a conscientious leader in your organization, so you can recite your organization's mission and values. Did you know that clarity of organizational mission and values is not a driver of things like organizational commitment, job satisfaction, turnover intention, and organizational pride? So what is?
Clarity of your own mission and values. And the same is true for your team. Why is that?
As it turns out, things like employee engagement, commitment, and success are not motivated by external drivers like organizational mission and values. It's not an outside-in thing.
It's the other way around. It's an inside-out thing. Abraham Maslow noted it about self-actualized people. Stephen R. Covey noted it about highly successful people. And, Kouzes and Posner noted it as the means to increasing motivation, commitment, and productivity at work and they added that those leaders with a clear leadership philosophy are more effective than those leaders who don't.
Clarity of personal life mission and values matters. Purpose-driven leadership matters. It should matter to you more as a leader trying to build a positive culture and drive your metrics. Only when personal mission and values are clear for you and each of your team members, can you make personal, internal connections to the organization's mission and drive greater meaning and purpose at work. Purpose-driven leadership makes a difference for you, for your team, and for your organization.
But how so I do that?
As it turns out, it's not that hard. It just takes some empirically-driven guidance and a short-term commitment to learn how to use some simple tools and implement some easy strategies. In just three months, you could be leading with strong and confident purpose-driven leadership and ignite a shared journey of purpose within your team.
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Alan Mikolaj is a coach and leadership development consultant with 15+ years of experience. He is passionate about helping leaders transform their leadership, their teams, and their organizations. Impactful, professional approach driven by a passion for meaning and purpose, a growth mindset, and a commitment to excellence and service in order to drive change and results.
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Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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