Employees are looking to their leaders for guidance, support and service. The leader has a choice to make. Get involved or watch the person's commitment dissolve. In order for leaders to truly get involved and generate increased productivity and commitment to the organization, it all boils down to one powerful yet simple question consisting of 4 little words?
"How Can I Help" conveys 5 Things:
- Belief in helping all staff and all kids in any way possible.
- Understanding that support and service are a leader's 1st two priorities
- A natural desire to help make the teacher and kids be successful.
- No job or task is beneath the leader. He or she will do anything to help his fellow staff member.
- Leadership is not about title or position. It is about support, guidance and service.
"How Can I Help" can be hollow if Leaders...
- Ask the question but fail to deliver.
- Never get back to the person who asked for help.
- Say they will deliver, but have no intentions of getting the job done.
- Never report back the results of what they did to help.
- Never check to see if what they did helped.
There are all kinds of strategies that leaders employ to be successful, but the best leaders know that their number one job is to solicit information and input to make the entire organization better. The only way this can occur is to constantly be looking for ways to help the very people that you lead. Helping others is one of the highest leverage skills that a leader can employ. Clarifying expectations, actively listening, giving direction, relieving unnecessary stress and working side by side with staff are just a few ways that leaders can help.
People don't follow position. They follow character. They follow selflessness, and they follow leaders whose actions demonstrate service to others. "How Can I Help" is the best question to generate the highest degree of belief in a leader.
So how do you help those you lead?