There's a moment (and over time, many moments) when the impact of leading hits you like Niagra Falls. Something you have said or done makes something new and wonderful happen. Perhaps someone sees and adopts a new mindset, or experiences a breakthrough.
Maybe the moment happens when you realize that your efforts - hard fought efforts - have paid off. Things are a bit different now, and you had a hand in that.
The moment might occur because you hear that someone shared a great idea during a meeting that created new energy and thinking. You smile because you know that idea was born in an earlier conversation you helped happen.
There are few experiences in work or life that will feel as sweet and special as the moments when your leadership comes to fruition and changes the world - one person and workplace at a time.
It is in these moments that we know why we lead. All the other moments exist to enable these special ones.
See the moments when your leadership works. Savour and enjoy them. Use this feeling - and it is an amazing feeling - to fuel more moments.
As you might imagine, this post was inspired by one of these moments. I feel lucky to have noticed it.