Not because girl boss is a # thing
Not because all the cool kids are doing it
But because of my favorite part of the definition:
A woman in control, who takes charge of her own circumstances in work and in life. Someone who knows her worth and doesn’t accept anything less.
And my favorite line: She is empowering and inspiring to those around her!
As proud as I am of my accomplishments and the fact I have been a successful free-lance producer for 18 years I know I never go it alone and I am only as successful as the team I assemble to get the job done. And I’ve learned over the years that by creating an atmosphere that encourages collaboration and creativity the job and the team don’t suffer. As a big fan of enjoying what I do this really works for me!
The leader of the past was expected to know more than everyone else, have all the answers and tell everyone what to do. Now the culture has shifted and a leader is someone who supports people to be their best selves. I have witnessed people coming into an environment that fosters their creativity for the first time and happily watched them bloom and thrive where they once were not noticed or acknowledged.
It's not just the times when I am over my head working with technology I don’t understand (who else doesn’t understand pixel maps and rasters raise your hand) like on my current project. My team is valuable every time creativity is called for, problems need to be solved and innovation is a goal.
Working alone can be an ego booster and earn you some short-lived glory but nothing beats the synergy of individuals.
The TV production environment can only thrive with teamwork as every department integrates and impacts every other department. I am sure that is the case in varying degrees in other business but it is so clear on set where the interdependence of each department is in plain sight. It’s like watching a time-lapse of a house being built where you see exactly how the building is put together and every layer, from the foundation upward, depends on each other.
And though I think there are many qualities that are important to embody in order to enable others to find their “zone of genius” and take flight I think generosity is the one that fuels all the others.
Adam Grant says in his book “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success” “ Givers reject the notion that interdependence is weak. Givers are more likely to see interdependence as a source of strength, a way to harness the skills of multiple people for the greater good.” And I wholeheartedly agree.
So here are a couple of things to consider if you are interested in bringing more generosity into your workplace and becoming an inspired leader:
- Start with yourself! Take a few minutes a day to acknowledge and appreciate your contribution. Use a journal; notes on your phone or a paper napkin but strengthen your generosity mindset by modeling this practice of appreciation.
- Listen. No embellishment needed on this one. People want to be heard and it may be the single most powerful gift you can give someone.
How will you show your generosity in your place of work this week? The possibilities are endless.
See you on set!