Be a Leader is not a commodity; it shouldn’t be something seen as transactional, more as an organic way of being and action from such a place; from inside yourself – rooted in your values, and aware of the surroundings.
Odd? Perhaps, you’ve never seen yourself from this perspective: did you? – do this exercise and share your discoveries/insights.
I’m not philosophical, rather ‘shaking the waters’ your comfort zone, and make you think about the way you do things, and act towards the others – that’s my goal; ‘put the hands in the dirt’; be practical.
Maybe you have all the characteristics suitable to lead people – don’t get me wrong, perhaps you do -; nevertheless, follow along these topics and find where you are at:
1. Do you lead people based on fear or communication?
Team members who have that kind of leader, are not, usually, as engaged, productive and united as if they’d have a bilateral communication channel to, and from, their leaders – two-way communication is paramount.
2. Do you come from a place of reactiveness?
Leaders that react straight away and don’t give themselves time to ponder the issues are far worse decision makers; most don’t have in account the diversity of factors that directly contribute to the decision – people involved, company culture and consequences.
3. Are you conscious when you take a decision?
When you decide, what makes you getting there; which are the things that made you come to the conclusions; choosing X instead of Z?
If you’re ‘hot-headed’, or in a place where you’re too much stressed you should ground yourself – do a few deep breaths -, rethink, consider all the possible options before coming to your final decision – don’t be hasty; recognize people as human beings and not things.
4. Do you feel overwhelmed?
Well, if you feel yourself this way, you’d better prioritize and be able to delegate. Many leaders struggle with this; delegate seems quite daunting, but at the end, it’s just a way of improving your ability to deal with multiple things happening in your work life and be able to trust on people’s work – they’ll appreciate it; your team will get far more united.
5. Your team members are as human as you, right?
When interacting with your team members how do you do it; what are your actions like? Are you able to provide a safe environment, where everyone feels at ease contributing? Do you hear everyone’s ideas? Do people feel empowered?
These kind of questions are just a way of you to be conscious of your actions, the consequences of them, and be aware how they impact your team members lives.
Long gone the days where being a leader, without having in mind your environment, culture and the perception of your team as people, that they are, didn’t have permanent negative consequences. Practice each day these five principles – see them as cornerstones; as a compass that leads you in your daily life.
Be a conscious, aware; be a real leader.