Too good. Just read it.
These are good things to have in one’s life and working towards them for (and in) your work:
- Autonomy: the feeling that you have control over your day, and that your actions are important.
- Competence: the feeling that you are good at what you do.
- Relatedness: the feeling of connection to other people.
The great thing is that you don’t have to have much of each, respectively, to actually feel great about the work that you do and the environment in which you work.
Currently, in my work right now, I feel a lot of #1 and #3 but I’m struggling with #2; more specifically, my role as a leader in my small company is stretching me in uncomfortable ways (and that’s a good thing).
My goal is to seriously level-up my skills as a leader through practice, coaching, and being open to feedback from my team. This is easier said than done, of course, but, I know a few of them read this blog and so this is my public commitment to becoming better (and please call me out on it!).
Being so good that they can’t ignore you is one of my favorite mantras of all time but I’ve never really thought about it in terms of management and leadership… this is good, really good.