Whether you are new to leadership, or an established leader taking time out to reflect, it is worth considering your leadership style. A summer break provides a great opportunity to contemplate lessons learned and the opportunities ahead.
What kind of leader would you like to be? Here are some thoughts on changes you might make and some things you might like to consider giving up!
- Give up talking down! Has your approach always been focused top-down with instructions flowing from the “top floor” to the rest of the organization? Now is the time to go for a more collaborative approach! Have you got the confidence to build discussion into your decision making process? Try it and see whether you get more or less engagement from your team. Of course if it doesn’t work you can always revert, but I bet you won’t want to.
- Give up revolution and go for evolution. If you want to change the team, try focusing on their strengths and build on them. You have a much better chance of getting the results you want if you start small and build on your successes rather than setting out to ‘rock everyone’s world.’
- Give up coercion and start changing from within. Stephen Covey states in his change theory that ‘change occurs on a broken front.’ Not everyone on your team will be where you are and some may not want to change at all. Start with those who are likely to come on board most easily and get them to change. Then help the change seep out to those who are less enthusiastic. This is likely to be much more effective than forcing people to do something and then hitting a wall.
- Give up hypocrisy. Model in yourself how you want people to be. If you expect people to make positive changes, they need to see it in you. Set yourself as the example and be visible doing what you’ve asked others to do. You’d be surprised how good the human race is at imitation!
- Give up taking things for granted! Make sure that as the ‘right’ things start happening, you recognize the efforts of those who have made it happen. You’ll find that those who want recognition will work harder for more of it, and push others as well.
There are other changes you may want to make in yourself as leader. Give yourself some time for reflection and see what you come up with. If you are an established leader and want to reflect on your approach in depth then try the mini-stocktake you will find at this link .
Whichever approach you take, I’d love to hear about your results.
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