On his office door, van Eck has two pieces of paper that read: “Lead today like no other,” and “We all make mistakes: together we are a team”.
“Those are just words, but I think the challenge is actually showing that kind of leadership to your team,” he explains.
After he returned from the two-day leadership course in October, van Eck says he called a meeting and asked his own team members the question that had resonated with him: Do I get to do what I’m best at every day at work?
Each team member answered privately, only giving their answers to van Eck, and he says he was happy with the number of yeses. But this acted as a jumping off point and in the months following that meeting van Eck has spent one-on-one time with team members to help either discover or nurture their strengths. The outcome, so far, has been very positive and van Eck says he will continue this work.
“It’s amazing what can happen when you lead this way.”