I wish I could do more!
Have you had this thought during the coronavirus pandemic?
Over the last few weeks, I have had more than one leader express this sentiment to me. One even went as far as suggesting he probably made a mistake in his choice of profession, feeling he should have been a doctor or a nurse instead.
While these thoughts are noble, it’s important to remember that even though a leader may not be working to save the lives of those who have been infected by this virus, they are significantly impacting the lives of everyone they lead.
In essence, leaders are caretakers of their employees. They shape the experience their people have in the workplace – whether good or bad. They set the stage for the work environment and the culture of their organization.
And their impact doesn’t stop there. A manager’s influence is far-reaching and goes well beyond the walls of work, even into the homes of those they lead. In some way or another, leaders affect every aspect of the lives of their team members.
For this reason, I believe leadership is a noble calling–one that should not be downplayed or taken lightly.
Rather than regrets, leaders should feel inspired to do more to lead well and humbled knowing their influence is paramount to the well-being of their people.