If you want vulnerability in your workplace…
And you’re the leader – you have to show it first. Say “I don’t know”.
Provide a vision
None of us can know with certainty what is going to happen next. But we count of leaders and leadership to “provide a vision”, hopefully a compelling vision of the future. This means, rather than predicting the future, it’s about deciding what we want the future to be. How does your 2023 vision look?
Do you know how to notice when your team is anxious when working remotely? Look out for people cancelling meetings at the last minute, or simply not turning up. Look out for people being quiet and not participating during meetings, or coming under-prepared. Look out for people who are hard to get hold of all…
Lead with empathy
You can never ask your team too many times if they are OK, really OK. Feel free to dial up your empathy when the world around is uncertain and testing.
When you a leader, in times of intense uncertainty and fear it is vital not to only protect your team, but yourself. Do something to care for yourself this Christmas period.
In 2014 Satya Nadella took over as CEO of Microsoft. He changed the culture from “know-it-all” to “learn-it-all”. A subtle, but important change. Learning and progressing is vital.
The Airbnb founder and CEO is currently spending a year on the front-line, living in Airbnbs to really get to know the business, the offer, and feel the service. Leaders would be wise to learn and try their products.
When you listen, you are never short of ideas.
Leaders, how often are you really listening? How often are you out there on the front-line? Do you take a breath, and let others come up with solutions first? If you get good at this critical skill you will certainly find better ideas. Your teams know.
Looking to get a little better than yesterday
Thats the growth mindset. Are you looking to get a little better than yesterday, or help your team to get a little better than yesterday?
The best business motivators
Are not fear and anger, but love and kindness