Are You Too Busy?


Beware of being “too busy.”

Leaders can easily become entangled in the day-to-day challenges, losing sight of what truly matters—the heartbeat of their team and the pulse of their organization.

Amid the chaos, a crucial question arises: are we making time to see, to connect, to breathe life into our organizations?

Consider the role of a diligent gardener tending to a variety of plants. Each plant requires unique care; a one-size-fits-all approach won’t suffice. In the garden of leadership, each team member is a distinct bloom needing personalized nurturing to thrive. Leaders must intimately know their team, just as a gardener knows their plants.

Let’s shift the analogy to that of a chef orchestrating a plate of flavours, each ingredient meticulously chosen to create a masterpiece dish. The chef takes time to understand the nuances of each ingredient, ensuring the final creation is a delight. Likewise, leaders must savor the unique qualities of each team member, fostering an organization where individual strengths complement one another.

Renowned poet Rumi’s quote, “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth,” emphasizes the importance of leaders actively engaging with their teams. It’s not enough to rely on second-hand knowledge; leaders must unwrap the individual stories that shape their team members.

Engaging with the intricacies of what makes each team member tick and ignites their passion goes beyond acknowledging their presence. Understanding their passion is key to motivating them to be the engaged team members you desire.

The excuse of being too busy, always ‘putting out fires,’ is a common refrain among leaders. However, the irony lies in realizing that, without an engaged team, the flames of success will likely flicker and fade.

The key is not just finding time but making time.

Creative leadership involves crafting moments for genuine connection, recognizing that investing in your team is the ultimate strategy for a healthy work environment.

In the tapestry of leadership, the threads of genuine connection form the strongest bonds. Leaders must be weavers of these bonds, understanding that amidst all responsibilities, the most important partner is the team.

It’s crucial to ensure no one note is left unheard.