We all want to feel like our work is important and meaningful. I've always been driven by the fact that when I have done my job well, more people find great work, which means happier people and happier families. As a leader, what's the best way to ensure your team feels that the purpose of their work is so much more than dollars and valuations? Here, Dan Cable shares his thoughts on helping drive meaning in work and ensuring it is authentic.
Purpose can be a powerful tool for leaders who want to inspire people to bring their best to work. But most leaders agree that employees do not “get” their organizations’ purpose. This is because purpose is personal and emotional. It is often managed poorly by transactional leaders who deliver speeches about lofty societal goals rather than helping put employees in direct contact with the people they serve. Purpose can work wonders for employee contributions when leaders start with a personal, authentic, and perpetual approach.