It’s human nature to want to spend our days working on something more than a paycheck, and the best leaders find ways to connect their teammates’ work to something bigger. That starts by making everyone feel included in the mission. If your team feels connected to the mission, then making big bets and solving big problems will always be within your reach. In this article, the author discusses how several prominent leaders instilled their teams with a sense of the organization’s larger purpose, and how you can do the same.
No matter their rank, teammates want to believe that what they do, day in and day out, matters. Yet meaning can be incredibly hard to find. Every job has its good days and bad, its high points and low, its crowning achievements and mundane expense reports. Drudgery can fill too many days, while inspiration can fill too few.