The #1 Reason Why People Follow Leaders
Ask most CEOs what they think makes an effective leader and you will end up with a rambling list that includes words such as belief, passion, vision, integrity, and charisma.
And this list is true to an extent. People are more willing to follow leaders who exhibit positive and inspiring characteristics.
But this kind of effective leadership is an antiquated notion carried on from the bureaucratic-industrial age. Back then, the effective leader was the father figure whose followers unconsciously transferred emotional ties to a person who was willing to set the rules. But things have changed and today’s leaders have a new set of responsibilities.
Leaders Can Provide Meaning To Our Lives
Humans are set apart from other primates because of their need for meaning in their lives. We derive motivation for living from meaning.
The knowledge workers of today are no longer looking for father figures, they are seeking to be engaged in meaningful work. Jobs that make a positive difference to our planet and those within it.
The rising trend as noted by Fortune is for knowledge workers who joined the company not for the rich stock options, the free cappuccino, the parties, or other great benefits, but because they could do meaningful work.
The top priority of every effective leader in the modern world is, “Are my employees engaged in work that has meaning?” To answer this question, the leader first needs to assess his or her own priorities and seek to answer the question – “Is my work providing meaning to my life and can I provide meaning to the lives of my followers?”
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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