Awe happens when you come across goodness on a grand scale. You literally feel overwhelmed by greatness. By comparison, you feel small and humble. Awe makes you stop in your tracks. You are momentarily transfixed. Boundaries melt away and you feel part of something larger than yourself. (Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity, 2009, p. 46)
I’m not sure who first said it, but I once heard Jim Rohn say that he “wants to do things that matter with people who care.” I strongly concur. I tire quickly if I have to do something that does not really matter with people that don’t really give a damn about anything but themselves.
Organizational life for most of us is consistently less than awesome. I think that’s a leadership issue, and because leadership is a choice, we all bear some responsibility. On a daily basis, we need to seek opportunities to engage with others who care and use our influence to pursue a shared purpose that really matters.
If we will make that painful choice to first change ourselves, then awesome leadership at work can gradually become emergent. Make sure your behavior is not the constraint to goodness on a grand scale in your workplace.
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