“I am not motivated by the others in the room. The skill level of most other participants are not that good and clearly I and two others are the only contributors. You should encourage participants at the same skill level to be on such workshops”
This was the remark made by one of the participants at a workshop that I was conducting recently in Singapore.
When this participant expressed her opinion, another participant remarked that “as a junior she gets an opportunity to learn and thus people with different skills and experience should continue to be encouraged”.
I heard both their points of view and mentioned to the woman who believed that she should be with people at her skill level or higher that her organization and Human Resources determine who participates.
Whilst I empathized with her and understood her frustration, I challenged her to think from a different perspective. I asked her if she believed herself to be a leader to which she answered well I’m leading a team.
Do you think you’ll be inspired by yourself? She was taken aback at my question.
We meet people from different backgrounds, different skill sets, different experience on a day-to-day basis.
How can you be inspiring and shine your light?
1. Do you self-reflect ?
Life is a roller coaster and no matter how much of an expert each of us may be in our own area of expertise, we still make mistakes.
* what went well,
* what can I do better and
* what can I let go?
2. What can I learn from others?
Even with years of experience there is always something to learn from others. On the face of it, some conversations and participating in a workshop with people less experienced may be frustrating. However, ask yourself what can I do in the current situation to make it interesting and challenging ?
How can I encourage others to participate? Can I share my experiences and get some different insights from others? What are they good at and how can I expand my knowledge in that area?
3. What is your “Why “?
Setting a conscious intention before any activity helps you to find a meaningful path to your desired goal. Finding or reminding yourself of your intention enables you to cross over the hurdles that you may face along the way.
How can you relate the day-to-day activities and who you are to your Why?
4. Where are your leadership locks?
Sometimes the stumbling blocks may be created from your thinking. Many times what locks you in is your perspective and your view of things.
At times what you think is the problem is not the problem. Your mindset may be the one that needs to be addressed.
5. Are you reactive or proactive?
Your attitude is what you have control of and it can mar or make your moment. It is good to be prepared and yet expect the unexpected and have the EI to adapt and be flexible in the way you communicate. As a leader choose to be proactive instead of reactive. And the only way this can be achieved is to have a mindset of let go and let your thoughts and emotions be in tandem.
I encouraged this participant to develop her leadership skills in such circumstances. May be this is where her learning can take place. As she moves up the seniority ladder, it is the leadership skills that she needs to hone on.
What can you do to inspire people?
Are you a victim of circumstances or do you choose to be a learner from your frustrations and challenges?
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