What if you knew what your CEO has to “leave behind” in order to ”show up’” at work. Imagine if you knew what motivates your boss, what engages her/him, what concerns they have. What if you knew what makes your boss feel supported; or, what she really cares about; or what he actually needs?
If you knew more about these dimensions of your work colleagues, I am absolutely convinced that your work environment and your work experience would be enhanced and would expand in many different directions. I am sure that your own leadership journey would become more meaningful with more possibilities and opportunities for growth and learning.
I believe that the job of all leaders is to get to know those who surround them, including their own leaders.
On the one hand, this is very easy to do. It just requires asking questions: open-ended questions; questions for understanding and for knowing; questions that move conversations forward.
On the other hand, it can also be extremely challenging. Because, in order to really get to know those who surround you at work, including your bosses, you MUST WANT TO. You must actually want to get to know your bosses and your leaders and your colleagues and your staff. If you truly do not care to know about others, faking it won’t work. In all that you do in building relationships, it is essential to be authentic.
So, do you want to get to know your boss, your colleague, your staff? If you do, what are you doing to make it happen?