We work for ourselves

No, I don’t want to “work for you.” I want to work for myself. Don’t misunderstand. I am not talking about entrepreneurship. I am talking about anyone who exchanges their effort for money. We should remove “works for me” from our lexicon. Each of us is working for ourselves – in some way. We want to be regarded as experts. We want our work to matter. We want to make a difference in the world. Some of us trade our time indiscriminately for money, but leaders should steer clear of these people. The team members you want to attract are those that achieve their goals through their work and it just so happens that the mission of your organization and their goals align. Craft the mission well, define the roles, pay more than you should, then be extremely picky in who you add to the team. Alignment is key.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on September 14, 2018

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