leadersedge inc. blog
Creating a culture that fosters innovation also means supporting your team to bring their own ideas to the table. In order to build a thriving organization, you must lead by example and then let others do their best work. It's the only way to have any kind of success, with everything from employee engagement, retention, customer service and bottom-line results.
It's long been a trend that employees are looking for "more" in their jobs - being valued as people, being heard without judgment, and given the choice to contribute their own special skills to not only their job but the entire organization. When leaders create a culture of this kind of inclusivity, they essentially are building blocks of high performance teams.
Today, inclusivity is more important than ever. Strong leaders must deliver on being inclusive in order to help organizations succeed. Allowing a sacred, judgment-free space for your teams to openly bring their ideas and feedback to the table, not only allows for transparency, respect, innovation, and improved productivity, but important personal growth on their career paths and yours. It’s all about being of service to others - the hallmark of a self-aware, mindful leader.
Being mindful and self-aware are the hallmarks of a strong leader. And this trickles down to all the minutia you deal with every day. Everything from high level, fast-paced decisions to running meetings and supporting your team in their day-to-day tasks. In order to be successful, you must be intentional about how you use your time. How you do that will be reflected throughout the organization.
Psychological safety has never been more important for leaders and teams as it is now. And it will be going forward. Really caring about your people is a hallmark of a compassionate, self-aware leader who serves from the heart. There are a myriad of ways you can provide safety and support throughout your day at work. Your people will thank you with loyalty, engagement, productivity, and innovation.
Leaders who don’t include remote employees in meetings and team discussions will pay a huge price. The days of everyone being on site are gone. You must make important adjustments if you are going to retain your precious talent. Those leaders who foster inclusive communication are the ones who will set their teams and their organizations up for success.
A leader’s influence is based on their own self-awareness, and their ability to empower others. Effective communication and influence go hand in hand. It's up to you to motivate your team, and the best approach is to communicate clearly and empower them to have their own voice.
The new world of work is here to stay, and leaders are challenged with how to communicate and lead effectively while their teams work remotely and from the on-site office. How should leaders work to keep things running smoothly? Start by fine-tuning facilitation skills, and be inclusive at every turn.