Inclusive leaders are critically aware of bias and work to overcome that bias, whether their own or others. They value team members, invite diverse perspectives, and create an atmosphere where people feel their opinions and contributions matter.
That’s one of two memorable life lessons I learned from my racecar driving instructor. I learned many lessons that made me a better (and safer) driver, but this is one of two lessons I’ve applied to life. The instructor told my small class of eight drivers to stop looking at the pavement immediately in front of our cars, to lift our eyes and look into the turns, because where your eyes lead, your car will follow.
My core values are Family, Respect, Education, Service and Adventure, not necessarily in that order. Why does that matter? Clarity about my core values helps me make decisions that allow me to fulfill my purpose and enjoy my life. It contributes to my professional success and personal happiness.
A new concern has emerged, however, presumably due to the pandemic and working remotely. That concern is ennui, a feeling of weariness and discouragement. Even people who know they’re fortunate to remain healthy and working are experiencing these feelings. So, how can you overcome ennui?