Yogi Berra is one of the most colorful characters of the 20th century. Some of his one liners have been repeated for comedic relief, while others have been used for their simplistic philosophy on life. His most notable expression – “It ain’t over till it’s over” – has inspired others though its obvious commentary on what we all struggle with from time to time. But, let’s take a moment and try to make a stretch with one of his more humorous ones.
“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
Read that again. That’s right; it’s an oxymoron. But through its humorous idiosyncrasies, we find an overwhelmingly profound truth: if we aren’t there for others, they won’t be there for us. As leaders, we are constantly relying on others by delegating tasks and projects; but if we don’t allow ourselves to be available first to our team members, their engagement into the system will be greatly hindered. The best leaders lead by example, and this is evident in employee development, as well. According to the Saratoga Institute, nearly 80% of people leave jobs due to relationship issues. Your team wants to have a leader who is there for them, just as much as you need a team who is there for you. The best way to turn the tides in this area is to change yourself first. Try to be there for your employees before expecting them to drop everything and be there for you.
How have you been there for your employees? Have you led by example? Let us know in the comments section below!