What kind of leader do you aspire to be?

In today’s frenetic world, there is tremendous focus on what needs doing and taking action. So often when I meet with leaders, they measure their success by telling me how busy they are.

The consequence for the people working in our organisations, is that time poor leaders pay poor quality of attention to their team members. This downward spiral is having a significant impact on employee engagement and wellbeing. With work-related stress reportedly reaching epidemic proportions, something needs to change.

Many leaders are unaware that they are holding on to traditional views about how to lead and manage on a day to day basis. Left unchallenged, unhealthy cultures prevail in many organisations, as leaders disregard how they contribute.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Here are 5 ways you can choose to transform your leadership today…

 

1.  Alignment

Being in alignment with your organisation is key to your success.

What do I mean by this?

When you believe in the mission or cause of your organisation, you will find energy and meaning to take you through your day.

If the purpose of your organisation is vague, it’s hard to find alignment. Without clarity your role to inspire and motivate those around you is much tougher.

Spend time exploring the purpose of your organisation with your team and aligning with your organisation’s message.

 

2.  Ask

Shifting your routine behaviour from telling people what you want, to asking for their ideas, is one of the most profound changes leaders can make.

When you ask, you encourage people to think for themselves and become accountable for their actions. You develop leaders rather than followers.

 

3.  Attention

The quality of attention that you give to others makes a huge difference. It’s the difference between people feeling valued and appreciated, or feeling like an expendable resource.

To build outstanding relationships, set your intention to ensure the people you work with know they matter. Value all those around you, make sure people feel they belong and you will grow a team that flourishes.

 

4.  Awareness

Leadership starts with you, being you!

When you know yourself:

  • what matters,
  • your strengths,
  • weakness,
  • are vulnerable and willing to ask for support,

you become a more human leader.

People grow to trust you. This trust forms the foundations of a high performing team.

 

5.  Autonomy

People want autonomy, to be treated as adults at work.

Encouraging greater autonomy starts by developing people to think for themselves and it being safe to make decisions without referring to hierarchy.

When you cultivate a learning environment, people know it is safe to experiment and feel supported to take action… and you stop being the bottleneck!

What Now?

These five practices may sound simple, however will only transform your leadership if they become habit. Set you intention to notice which of the five ‘A’s’ you work on today:

  1. Alignment
  2. Ask
  3. Attention
  4. Awareness
  5. Autonomy

Reflect on your impact and let me know how you get on.

When you choose to pause and rethink your leadership, you can become the kind of leader who inspires, engages and evolves the people you serve.

These are some of the themes explored in my book which will be published this summer.

Pause
Rethinking Leadership to Cultivate Healthy Workplace Cultures

If you are ready to rethink your leadership, message me to find out how I can help.

 

Bio

Karen Mason is on a mission to cultivate healthy workplace cultures, where people matter.

Karen is known for her passion and expertise in leadership development and team coaching. The impact of which has a positive influence on team wellbeing and productivity.