Keys To Leadership
Let your team be your inspiration
By Sean Dampier
The thing that lights me up during the day more
than anything else is watching the members of my
team have that ‘Eureka’ moment when the light bulb
goes off and something they’ve been struggling with
for some time finally clicks.
nailed yet, their umpteenth design comp revision or
parsing through a terse website ADA report.
When they work through the challenge and the
solution final settles on them, there is a very real
electric energy that lights up their face and collective
Areas where I can be helpful as a leader are to know
when to jump in, offer feedback or guidance, but then
let them work through the problem on their own. This
provides the best quality of learning. It is tempting
to want to jump in and solve the issue directly, if it
is an area where I may have the know-how, but then
the team never grows and I may become stretched
So it’s more a matter of finding that balance, offering
praise and encouragement along the way, and
assessing where I may need to have a more “hands
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing
your team crush their goals, grow their skills and
knowledge, and the sense of accomplishment they
feel at passing that milestone.
My part is just knowing that I was able to provide
some fertile ground for this personal growth
happening around me. A bit of a teacher’s heart that’s
in me – part of the joy I have as a father, as a team
leader and mentor.
Putting the dreams, goals and aspirations of your
team members not necessarily in front of your own
but as a main focus of your daily work, will awaken the
“Servant’s Heart” within you.
When your team knows you have “their back”, care
about their challenges and that you can help provide
the tools they need to meet their challenges head-on,
they will thrive, become more productive, and derive a
true sense of satisfaction in their work.
This will have a positive effect on the overall culture of
Sean Dampier is the Creative Director
at Vizergy, a leading digital marketing
company serving the hospitality
industry with stunning website
design and fiercely competitive tools .
Following an unconventional path
as a working musician in his 20›s,
he discovered his love for frontend
development and website design
through building his band›s websites,
and gained almost 20 years of
experience in design, coding, team
building and delivering exceptional
results for his clients.
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