“Naches” is a Yiddish word originated from the Hebrew word "נחת".
It means the gratification, contentment, pride and joy one derives mostly from her/his children/grandchildren. Feeling elated and blessed to witness them doing great, achieve, live the good values and they are happy with their lives. They contribute to their communities, reaching closer to their potential. Sometimes, "Naches" means the ability to spend quality time with them.
"Naches" is the priceless feeling of completion reward that parents get when they feel that their selfless investment in nurturing, educating, building character, supplying tools, knowledge, love, money, care and more really bear fruit.
At the workplace, "Naches" means similar things, just that the parent is the boss and the kids are the employees. Our workplace is the "family that we chose" for most of our day-light time. "Parental leaders" are focused both on results and on long term development of their employees. While some leaders are afraid of establishing personal relationships with their employees because of fear of boundaries, "Parent Leaders" know how to draw the red line, just like parents do.
What is common to the most admired leaders in organisation is the sense of trust that the employees feel towards them for the genuine care to their success. They derive "Naches" and self of satisfaction and accomplishment to watch their protégés do well. They mentor and coach them just like positive parents, they invest time to coach, mentor, guide, encourage while giving honest feedback.
One GM of a big hotel told me: "When I retire, I want to see as many of my talented people as a successful and admired GM. I want to feel the satisfaction that I had a lot to do with helping them to become great leaders. When someone will ask them, who influenced and inspired their to be great leaders, I want them to think about me."
And what is your leadership mantra? Are you designing your role for Naches?