Employee Engagement Drivers: Living a Full Life

Are you engaged in the life around you?

One of the characteristics of great leaders is their ability to be completely engaged. It’s what enables moments of brilliance, clarity of vision, critical problem-solving. But according to Jeff Baker, industrial psychologist, that level of engagement can keep us from living the life in front of us.

For some leaders, total commitment to their work is all they have – and Jeff says that doesn’t make for great leadership. Why? Because most people want to have a fuller life.

Jeff discusses the importance of being engaged in every part of our lives, and how to practice being fully present with family, friends and activities outside of work.
One of the characteristics we know about leadership is their ability to be engaged. They love what they do to the point they get lost in it. But it's not enough to be just lost in your work because sometimes leaders, that's all they have. They are like a one trick pony. They can work, and that really doesn't make for good leadership because that's not how people want to live. I don't want to live that way.

I've got a job, its a great job, I love my job, but it's just a job. People have to learn how to be engaged in every part of life, and what that means is I am fully present. One of the complaints I have when people come to me is they're not very good at relationships, and one of the things that make them so bad at relationships, they're not there, that they are not really attending, and when they go home, they are not really attending to their children, they are not really attending to their spouse. That creates conflicts that blow up and typically that's when they call me in.

The skill they have to learn is really how to be engaged in life, to get out of their head and into a life that is worth living. The ability to be here completely, 100%, that when I listen to you, that is all I hear. Being diffused is my ability to stop and start practicing, and you may have to unhook from the stuff in your head over and over and over again to be engaged.

Great leaders are completely engaged. Therefore, they have access to their whole toolbox. If you are partially engaged, then you don't have the self awareness, you don't have the toolbox accessible to you for problem solving, for reacting, for having those moments of brilliance and clarity. You can only do that when you are completely engaged and get out of your head and into that life in front of you.

Dr. Jeffery Baker

Jeffery Baker, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist. He has been a health care provider for over 30 years. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Baker has been involved in individual, family, and group counseling with adul...

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