It is interesting to note how one is viewed in the eyes of others.
An office staff resigned.
As part of my responsibility I conduct an exit interview.
I always ask typical questions pertaining to the office, workload and the boss.
As manager, I also make it a point to ask how I could do better.
The feedback I received caught me by surprise.
“We appreciate that you ask how we are doing.”
“It was touching to have you pour water into our glasses during our lunch out.”
“You’re like our mother.”
I was expecting to hear otherwise.
Something like, “the office is too small or the workload is too much.”
Instead I received an imprint of myself.
Everything a person does matters.
I am a mother of two girls therefore my maternal instincts flow naturally.
I just wanted to make sure the staff was okay each time I left the office.
Oddly enough, I never saw myself the way my staff saw me.
I always felt I wasn’t present enough being available only in the mornings.
I carried guilt that I wasn’t around to lead and support them when needed.
I tend to be strict in everything that I do.
It helps keep me on my toes striving to do better and to be better.
I fear falling into complacency.
Once that happens, then I lose perspective of my goals.
To hear that I am valued the way my staff sees me is heartwarming.
It’s a good reminder to always try to lead by example.
This is different from being top of the corporate ladder.
My worth is not measured against money rather on moral ethics.
I always remind my girls,
“Leave a positive footprints wherever you go and whatever you do.”