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Unless Mom works for you, nobody who looks to you for leadership is there so that you can achieve your goals, advance your career or make lots of money. They didn’t join your shop to make your future bright and they don’t stay there so that one day you can have a big “cash out.”
It’s possible that you’ve earned the loyalty of your people, maybe lots of it, and they may care deeply about you and your goals. Still, that’s not their main driver and it’s critical that you understand that.
Your people are there primarily to achieve their goals. They are there to meet their needs, advance their careers and maybe have a bright future for themselves and their families. Sometimes their needs extend powerfully to being of service to others. For example, think of nurses working with premature babies and critically ill children. People with that drive to serve shouldn’t have to put up with a self-focused boss in order to obey the fire in their bellies to help kids.
So, look around your shop for Mom. If you don’t see her, make the assumption that everyone you do see is there to meet their own needs. Your success is dependent upon the extent to which you focus on that.
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