December 2012: Understand the power of purpose.

One of the responsibilities of a leader is to help people connect their work to a higher purpose: the ultimate difference they, and their company or organization, are making in the world.  Everyone wants to find meaning in their work, and having a sense of purpose provides that vital connection. It not only helps to inspire and motivate others, but also helps you lead more effectively.  Using purpose as a guide, your decision-making becomes easier, goal-setting becomes more clear and you're less apt to sweat the small stuff.  A higher purpose gives you courage and conviction to step up to new challenges.

December brings the anticipation of a new year, and with it, new opportunities.  Now is a good time to step back and re-ground yourself on the purpose your work serves.  If it's a little foggy, spend some time sharpening it, and remember the importance of communicating it effectively. Dare to dream a big, purposeful goal, and you and your organization will be better for it.