Purple Co recently hosted our annual lunchtime event in Sydney. This year’s theme was Leading on Purpose.
As a Rehabilitation Professional of some 20 years vintage, I know how hard we work, often tirelessly and often thanklessly. Our work is challenging and fulfilling. We have the opportunity to impact people’s lives every single day.
It is my mission to encourage and support those of us who work in recovery, RTW and rehabilitation and provide a place where we can be inspired and encouraged to do the great work that we do.
We often jump at the opportunity to update or learn new clinical skills or are quick to invest in training that adds to our technical proficiency. We often do this at the expense of adding value to our growing emotional and social intelligence and understanding the nuances of the working relationships that we have that either help us day to day, or make the day to day really difficult.
Investing in ourselves we all know is a key component to making sure we are caring for ourselves. However, in this day and age we are constantly being asked to do more with less, so it’s natural that we would invest the little time, energy and money that we have into our development adding to our technical skills. However, what I have learned is that if I don’t invest in me as a human doing this work, then I turn my work with clients into a set of transactions and that leads to me feeling unfulfilled, pressured and as though clients just won’t do what I want them to do.
In short without taking some time to invest in who I am as a person doing this work, I cease to add value. This to me is the start of leadership. When I lead myself well, then I can lead others.
Leading ourselves, others and creating influence is something we do every single day, even when we don’t have the world leader in our job title.
Speakers Weh Yeoh and Janine Garner provided us with entertaining and interesting insights into how we can use our leadership skills to help drive high performing teams, how to create influence and how to lead others to change. Those who came on the day left feeling inspired, encouraged and affirmed. What a successful event!