Communication is a key component of most everything you hope to achieve. Without the ability to connect with others through discussion, diplomatic persuasion, or sincere negotiation your prospects of convincing anyone to follow you is minimal.
Scores of us have been in environments that we have not found stimulating. How we handled it may have been the reason we arrived at the outcome we did. If you are someone who wants to learn, but you are in a situation where knowledge if not rewarded, it may be difficult to want to improve in the workplace. Many people simply live with the attitude that they are going to put in their time to collect a paycheck or simply muddle through until retirement. That type of attitude does not benefit a business or the individual though. My suggestion is to simply follow the advice of Lee Iacocca who said, “Boys, there ain’t no free lunches in this country. And don’t go spending your whole life commiserating that you got raw deals. You’ve got to say, ‘I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it.’ It’s called perseverance”  . This is the attitude that I take to work every day; I am going to win, I am going to get what I want, I am going to get where I want and there is no person that will keep me from achieving the goals I set for myself. Make no mistake, I will make it happen and but I will not sacrifice my ideals to accomplish it. I can help someone else while I help myself and not be threatened by it.
Many of you, me included, grew up in less than ideal situations. Maybe you listened to people telling you that you would never amount to anything, were/are worthless, or worse. Now consider this, you’re in a job where you watch people who are far less knowledgeable, much less talented, or just plain lazy getting promotions, raises, and fringe benefits that you deserve. It’s not a setting to make you strive for more is it? Here’s the key; do not let yourself be linked to any negative thing you were told or anything you saw. If you want to be better you can be. Success is a choice, not an option. You may not have, or be, an employer or leader that offers much by way of support but there is no reason you can’t use them as motivation or become a better motivator yourself. In order for me to make my business successful I listened to what potential customers wanted as well as what they didn’t like in the field I chose to operate and then, when I opened my doors, I gave them what they wanted. Do the same for your employees. Do not ask someone to do something that you wouldn’t do yourself.
When I was in the service there were people over me that I would have died for simply because they would have done it for me which was evident because they treated us as though they cared. There were also a few (thankfully very few) that couldn’t lead a horse to water. They didn’t get any respect and were typically book smart idiots that had no common sense. When you get the opportunity, and you will if you keep working and believing in yourself, treat your employees the same way you want to be treated. You won’t make everyone happy but you’ll get much more respect when you are consistently considerate to their needs and sympathetic to their concerns.
There will be times you’ll appear as the bad guy but after reflection, your workforce will, in due course, come around. Remember, the most effective men and women are those who can competently organize the cooperation and assistance of other people to accomplish goals and objectives  .
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 Tracy, B. (2008, January 25). The Role of a Leader. Retrieved March 14, 2008, from Euntreprenuer.com Web site: http://www.entrepreneur.com/management/leadership/article189618.html