How you do anything is how you do everything!
One of the first lessons that I learned as a child when I started to work is that there aren't any tasks that are "beneath" a person. Whether you are cleaning a toilet, building a house, or leading a company, the way that you do any task is the you do work. When I worked for the Boy Scouts and was running the aquatics area of summer camp, my team was responsible for cleaning the only real toilets in the camp. The rest of the toilets were outhouses, and not that pleasant to use in the summer heat. This meant that we needed to clean them 3 times a day in order to stay ahead of the mess. The worst mess was first thing in the morning. With a staff of 5 teenage boys (not normally known for their amazing cleaning talents), I was determined that things would stay nice during the summer. In order to set the right example, I went first with the cleaning. I set up a cleaning schedule for 3 times a day and signed up for the first shift every day.
I didn't have to be the one cleaning. In fact, past directors had not chosen to participate. They simply made the youth do the work. It isn't that you should do entry level tasks at every level of leadership. That isn't the point here. The point is that I needed to set the right example in a situation that had typically gone poorly. I needed to be the one that served as a positive catalyst and I needed to demonstrate that the task was really important.
That summer, we had clean showers and clean toilets during summer camp. That summer, I went out of my way to demonstrate the way that I wanted work done. I went out of my way to demonstrate that I was willing and even excited to do work in the right way. As a result, other people followed my example.
How you do anything is how you do everything! Do your work as if it is the most important task you could think of and you will see others follow your lead. If you make certain tasks "beneath you," then you will see a number of other people look at those tasks as less important as well.
To Your Success,
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.