Mowing the lawn may not be the most intellectually demanding job. Nevertheless, that does not in any way detract from the job’s necessity and importance. Mowing the lawn may not demand the same skills I use when I write html, interview a client, or play a game of chess. Those distinctions do not impugn the act of mowing the lawn. Mowing the lawn still has value in its own right and for many reasons—as do all jobs. This leads me to LLML (Leadership Lessons from Mowing the Lawn) Number 8:

Show your appreciation for every role within your organization.

As leaders, it is easy to become engulfed within our own little worlds because after all, they really are that important now, aren’t they? It is easy to appreciate what we do because we are so adept at doing it now, aren’t we? It is easy to appreciate ourselves because we can feel every bit of that blood, sweat and tears now, can’t we?

That might (and that’s a big “might”) all be true. Nevertheless, leaders don’t have that privilege. Genuine leaders are called to serve others first. You can’t serve others first if you don’t appreciate who they are and what they do. Either you do appreciate every role within your organization or you don’t. No partial credit is allowed here. One of the greatest things that we can do for our own leadership is to recognize the value that each individual team member brings to the table every single day. LLML Number 8:

Show your appreciation for every role within your organization.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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