What can I do to help you be successful?

In over ten years of experience, I’m pretty sure nobody asked me this question (at least not very often).  And it’s the one I most fervently wish I’d been asked.

I wanted my leaders to ask me this question because it would have made me feel like part of the team. It would have given me permission to offer feedback and express what I needed — professionally and personally. I would have perceived it as a selfless gesture, which is often difficult to find in a workplace when most people are trying to prove their value. But above all, it would have exemplified the deeper meaning of why we work — to earn a living, to contribute, and to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, with the goal of success in mind.