When your goal is to build a happy and engaged workforce, you have to be happy and engaged yourself. These goals, by themselves, are already lofty, difficult to grasp, and hard to achieve. If you can’t experience what an engaged employee experiences, you might as well throw every book and tool you have out the window. They aren’t going to help.

However, there is a silver lining here. Looking inward can provide you with a wealth of information that you can then apply to others. While the issues that you are experiencing as an individual employee may not apply to everyone, it is a good starting point. Chances are there are more people out there like you.

The next time you’re evaluating your employees, take those questions you would normally try to answer about them and ask those questions about yourself. Turn “How can I make them more engaged?” into “What’s getting in the way from my own engagement?” You’ll be surprised how many problems you will fix for your team by fixing your own problems first.