In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell says, A leader’s main responsibility is developing others to do the work. In order to be an effective people developer, a leader must first know the names of his people, especially if he is new to them and the people he is handling are 400 or more.
When I was new to my present regional office, I required the employees to wear their identification cards around their necks so that I will know their names. But later on, I feel awkward looking at their IDs everytime we meet. I feel more comfortable looking at their faces, seeing them eye to eye, smiling and greeting them; Hi, Hello, Good Morning/Afternoon or How are you?
I always carry my digital camera in my bag wherever I go. This tool has helped me a lot in my desire to be a people person and be a good leader. Whenever there are meetings, conferences, seminars and special occasions, I request someone to capture the events for me. I also take pictures during my inspection and other official trips.
Pictures keep the memories alive but they have done more use to me as the head of office. I store the pictures in the laptop, make folders of each event and indicate names of people on it through the help of my executive assistant and other employees.
Now that I know how to use some applications of the famous social networking site, the Facebook, identifying people became a lot easier because I could now tag people in the pictures. I find time to look at them whenever I get hold of my laptop so that I can call them by names everytime we meet. People feel worthwhile and important if you care to know their names.
Being a good leader does not happen overnight and I know that through my digital camera, I have taken a step towards my desire.
I know you also have some good uses of your digital camera and I’m glad if you could share your list with us by leaving your comments below this article.