If you asked me to define hospitality, I would tell you that hospitality is the art of creating space for others. Without mentioning or suggesting a context, you would probably assume the context is inviting people over for dinner or hosting a party and that the space we create is akin to setting the table or making sure all your guests have a beverage. You would not be wrong. However, there is nuance to hospitality that I am discovering, and this week I was reminded of the broader context this powerful idea can take.
As an employer, I create space for my employees. They do their work, and I do mine, and yet there is more to the equation than clocking in and clocking out. Hospitality in the context of the work environment means creating and allowing space for growth and development to occur, even when it is messy or complicated. It means knowing when to step in and lead and knowing when to hang back and allow someone else to learn how to lead. My nature is to control, but hospitality means releasing a bit of control and allowing room for others to stretch and grow, even if the lesson is learned through failure or frustration.
Here’s what we talked about this week…Read More