I caught up with a childhood friend during my trip to Canada. We started talking about her role as leader of a team of 20. There was so much passion in her voice and a sparkle in her eyes. It was beautiful to see and hear, and definitely inspiring for the leader in me.
She said with a team of 20 only, she didn’t have much of an impact compared to people who lead entire organisations. I explained to her that her impact was much broader than she thought… By being listened to, encouraged and supported at work, these 20 employees contribute to a better work environment and therefore a stronger organisation. They also go home at night feeling more valued, fulfilled and happier. These positive feelings radiate through their families who also become happier. And happier families lead to happier communities.
I think I saw a lightbulb in her eyes… 20 happy souls can easily lead to hundreds!
Next time you think you’ve helped one person only, think big… Because great leadership and help can cause viral happiness!