An empty cup pours nothing

I heard a podcast guest say in passing that you “can’t pour from an empty cup.” He meant that your ability to motivate, inspire, help, encourage, listen, strategize with, learn from, teach, engage with, guide, support, advise, serve, counsel, mentor, model, play with, observe, and accept your team is hindered when you are not at your best. The car with no gas doesn’t go far. Leaders have big jobs. Big jobs require big energy expenditure. The trick is having enough of the right kind of energy to expend every day. The open secret that was once ignored is that taking care of yourself benefits your team. No martyrs allowed. Not anymore.

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 August 26, 2019

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