How Will I Know (If they really love me)?

It can be hard to self-reflect. How do we know if we’re hitting the mark with our Leadership? We might think we’re doing a great job, but how will we know if others feel the same?  What impact are we having on those around us?

We all want to be the best version of ourselves and there’s no difference when it comes to Leadership – we should always strive to be the most effective leader we can be.

We know the difference an effective leader can make to a team and a business – effective leaders are respected by others and rewarded with closer working relationships and high-performance teams. They have the ability to accomplish tasks more productively because of the improvement in their work and team relationships – what’s not to like about that?

We thought we’d share a couple of tips to keep your team on track whilst consolidating some effective leadership traits for yourself:

  1. Show interest in those around you: listen attentively, ask questions, and give your full attention and consideration to the ideas of others.  It may sound easy, but take the time to notice your own behaviour the next time you’re chatting with your team members: are you truly present?  How do you show your team that you are fully present?
  1. Use positive and supportive words in delivering your feedback. You can still provide constructive feedback without going for the jugular. Take time to plan your feedback first and think about how you would feel if you were on the receiving end – modify your language and message accordingly.
  1. Accept people for who they are, acknowledge and appreciate their unique qualities and seek out opportunities to provide sincere appreciation for the things they do for you – it can go so very far.
  1. Be open about your feelings and thoughts and honest and direct in your dealings with others – vulnerability is a strength. The days of ‘strong and stoic’ leadership have passed; acknowledge your place as a real person and connect with your team on real issues.

A couple of things you might like to avoid when Leading your team…

  • Limiting your accessibility to others (e.g. keeping your emails and messaging on ‘do not disturb’)
  • Consistently referencing how ‘busy’ you are
  • Avoiding communication and conversations with others
  • Demonstrating a lack of trust in people through micromanagement and excessive monitoring of work
  • Taking a pessimistic attitude toward changes and challenges
  • Making decisions and solving problems without input from others

Take a moment to think about your own Leadership style – is there some room for some new habits or perhaps some things we need to change?  

How is your Leadership effectiveness tracking? Take time in your interactions with your team and your peers – what are you thinking in response to that comment that your peer just made?  How quickly are you shutting down ideas from your team?  How are you making sure that you are truly present in your interactions and not distracted by thoughts, tech or other people?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know below if there’s something you’d like to know more about or if you have some feedback of your own, about Effective Leadership!

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Seed People Consulting are experts in leadership development and team engagement.  If you would like to discuss the tools you have in place or are looking for tailored resources to assist with this transition, please contact Seed via our website