Something Bigger Than Ourselves
Public and nonprofit leaders are mission driven and desire to serve the public good. If that is who you are today or desire to be, it’s vital that you stay true to what drives you to serve others. You will radiate your purpose, and others will be attracted to your agenda and want to support your cause. Your internal mission to serve others is your anchor. It’s also your north star and moral compass. When you are true to yourself, your anchor, North Star and moral compass keep you grounded and focused, and you become more trustworthy to others.
An assumption we make about public and non-profit leaders is that they care about people. But often it shows up as caring for those being served more than those fulfilling the mission. As a public and nonprofit leader, you must care about the success of your workforce in the same way you care about improving the quality of life of those your organization serves. You as leader must find ways to aid and support the success of each individual in your organization. A caring leader is always asking others: What do you need? What’s getting in your way? What can I do to support your success?