“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
~ Steve Jobs ~
Can you think of a time when you were at your best, and you were downright miserable? Have you ever heard someone say: "I became successful by doing something I don't care for and put very little love into"? If Steve Jobs didn't find joy in his work, he would have never reshaped the world with his creations. If Lebron James didn't love basketball and find pleasure in it, he would have never become one of the best players of his generation. And if you're not deeply satisfied and engaged in what you do, you are not only wasting your time, but you are denying the world of your incredible abilities and potential.
Happy people work harder. They do so because their work energizes and inspires them. They tend to be more creative, productive and committed to their objectives. More accountable for their results. They tend to take less sick days and ultimately stay on-board longer. Equipping leaders with the capacity to tap into their employees' strengths, passions, and values, and maximizing their potential is imperative to achieving these positive outcomes.
It starts with a deeper understanding of human motivation, positive relationships, effective communication, and some basic coaching. It's about seeing beyond the traditional metrics of success and embracing the world of intangibles, such as emotional wellness and fulfillment. It's about identifying and contributing to the key drivers that fuel the core components in a well-oiled, highly efficient, energized and inspired team.