We so often go about our daily routines not thinking about the impact we have on others around us, whether it be in our personal or professional lives. A little over a year ago, I found my fitness community: the group of women who support and push me physically and mentally and the place where I could really thrive and grow. If you are like me, you tend to post to social media or talk a lot about the things you are passionate about, so I find myself posting a lot about my “fitfam” and the wonderful things they add to my life. It wasn’t until recently when speaking with my IUAA colleagues that they began to speak of my infectious enthusiasm. They noticed that I have really become radiant both inside and outside the office and that I inspired them to ignite their own passions.
It was in that moment that I was reminded that each and every day we have the opportunity to inspire and impact people, sometimes without evening knowing it. My passion for becoming the best version of myself certainly impacted my life but it also impacted others in a positive way. We all have the ability to be influencers – to break down barriers within ourselves and with others, and to have a workplace or team that is full of enthusiasm.
As I look back on the past year, our Career and Professional Development Team has had a year of great success. A lot of that success stems from the excitement and passion we share in the work we do for the Indiana University Alumni Association but more specifically the Alumni all around the world. While our team has always been lucky to understand the value of passion and enthusiasm and the importance of it in the workplace, I know others have not been so fortunate.
Enthusiasm is known to be one of the most important and powerful qualities of a leader on any team. Leaders who are enthusiastic create environments that foster positive relationships and allow for transparency, creativity and innovation. When you have this type of environment you have employees, volunteers, members, etc. who feel empowered and are more engaged in their work, which in turn is creating more enthusiasm that is being put back into your team and organization.
Hopefully, that infectious enthusiasm is going to continue to spread. Like many things, it only takes one good leader with infectious enthusiasm to be the change that people need to see. I challenge you to be that leader, regardless of your title or role within your organization, to make a positive impact on your culture and how you engage within your team and organization. Break down the barriers, take on the new project, or maybe just step outside your comfort zone and start sharing more of your enthusiasm and passion with people. You never know exactly who you might inspire!
For information around our Career and Professional Development Team and ways to navigate the workplace, please visit www.iualumnicareers.com and complete the career coaching intake form at the bottom of the page. We would love to help you and your team reach its full potential.