Principle and Practice #2: Faith – Connect to Inspiration
Faith and inspiration are topics often avoided in the workplace, due to their extremely divisive nature. But faith is an all-too-often missed opportunity for leaders; I believe that embracing the idea of faith in the workplace presents a unique opportunity to strengthen a leader’s ability to act as guide to others.
It is important to note that in our model faith is not synonymous with a particular religion or spirituality, but instead, is simply a powerful and positive belief. For some individuals, this belief comes from their families; for some it can be found in religion, and for others it may come from a deeper connection with nature or art. Faith does not always have to come from an outside source, it can also be instilled by competence, trust, and understanding demonstrated by solid leadership.
Take a minute and ask yourself: What inspires your team as a group and as individuals?
My experience as an executive coach tells me even if you think may know, chances are you do not know your subordinates well enough to answer this question completely and accurately. However, this does not mean that it cannot be done. Begin developing the principle of faith in the workplace today with a few of the following activities:
- Make a list of up to 10 ideas that you know inspire you. Formulate a plan to become a more driven leader by exploring a deeper connection to your own faith and inspiration.
- Create a plan for how you can help your employees tap into inspiration. This is a very sensitive subject due to its personal and individual nature so make sure to speak with your team in a way that allows for communication rather than closes it down.
- Have your team offer definitions of Faith and Inspiration.
- Ask the team if they can see either having a connection to their work and why
- Have team brainstorm how the team can co-create a more inspiring environment.
- For a follow-up meeting, have your employees bring in a personal story, object, image or quote that provides them inspiration. If they are comfortable with it, have them share it with the group and explain its meaning.
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