The pandemic has brought about so much stuff.
Businesses going out. People losing their jobs and livelihood. Extroverts being stuck at home.
And of course, sickness. Death.
Author’s Note: Been a while since I wrote my thoughts here. I’ve been doing quite a lot of thinking lately – to reduce the risk of it becoming overwhelming, I write them down.
For some it could be living everyday in a toxic home environment.
Strangely there are a lot of cases with family and relatives being terminally sick or having major disagreements.
It seems as if the Angel of Death has been set loose and is doing its routes nowadays.
People are crying out for understanding. They are also crying out for help – for them to be taken out of their situation.
During this time, leadership of oneself is very important. Honing the mind and the spirit. Leadership is more than just influencing people at work. It is a discipline.
It is also something that is not natural.
You don’t grow in your leadership as you grow older. There are people who are old whose leadership skills have been stunted severely when they were young.
One of the things that I have desired to do is to uplift the leadership cap of my team this year.
The pandemic happened. The lockdowns happened. I could have made excuses.
I could have been a bit more selfish and took that time and spent it on whatever I wanted instead.
Too many times have I tried to take people up and challenged them to improve their leadership. Sadly, not a lot have taken this challenge and stepped up.
So I guess the question I’m asking myself now is: is still a worthy cause?
Entertainment is one of the most performed activities now – because people are at home and they have the leisure of time and comfort.
Should we consider more entertainment for the team? Should not leadership and upskilling be the focus especially at such an opportune season where we have a lot more time in our hands?
People can argue that not everyone thinks like I do. That what made me a CEO/founder is exactly because I think differently – but is it wrong for me to try and influence others to do the same?
How oft have I longed to lead my people to grow but it seems as if I have hit a wall. There are just far too many excuses. The simple, underlying root of it is this – it is not a priority.
Perhaps I should not be so venturesome as to try and elevate and hone their leadership potential any longer.
Perhaps I should just leave them to whatever it is they desire to do.
Deep down, I still do believe that it is a worthy cause. But it is not prioritized by those who need it.
Therein lies the problem. The question I’m asking myself now is: What is the solution?