Kindness is like a muscle, the more we exercise it, the stronger itâ€™ll become. And as a result, we’ll become more grateful, more expectant, more intentional, and way more engaged. Itâ€™s easy to criticize others and to allow our self-righteousness to boost our ego and pat us in the back, but the truth is, nobody has it absolutely right. We all make mistakes, we all struggle, and we all have a long way to go when it comes to growth. Yet with kindness and compassion to self and to others, the load will always become lighter and more manageable.
Emotions can sometimes feel overwhelming and diminish our ability to lead effectively. Some emotions can be easily monitored and managed; while others, may require a deeper commitment or even outside support, in the form of counseling. Yet, creating elf-awareness and the necessary emotional regulation to deal with our emotions in a way that is conductive is a key skill in leadership.
Our continuous growth, will support our efforts to support the growth of our people, these two, are intrinsically linked. This is not solely linked to the marketplace, but it applies to our family and friends as well. And growth my friend, has to be intentional, it doesn’t happen by accident. It takes planning, it takes time, and it take consistency, it takes sacrifice, but the results will be worth it!
Resilience allows us to think critically during difficult times while keeping a positive perspective because we trust in our knowledge and experience, and we trust in our team. Difficult situations will happen, problems will arise, mistakes will be made, yet how we react and how we respond and rebuild can set us apart from the rest.
Developing our resilience and creating self-awareness about the fixed mindset and growth mindset, and ensuring we are making the conscious decision of approaching challenges with a sense of excitement for the growth to come; instead of as the possibility of failure and the associated shame it casts on us, will help us to be more assertive and focus more on working at finding a way forward.
Leadership is the willingness and conviction to serve others and bring value to them. True leaders identify others needs and put them ahead of their own. As leaders, our goal is to engage those entrusted to us to take action because they are both extrinsically and intrinsically motivated to do so.
Questions are a powerful way to dig into what’s keeping us stuck and helping us uncover whatever, fear, habit or believe we are holding on to that’s preventing us from growing and advancing.
As leaders, we want to engaged employees because engagement ultimately leads to productivity. And productivity brings efficiencies, innovation, and higher results. Thus, it’s not only a good idea to be able to describe your culture, it’s important to build and nourish a culture that you’re proud of, and that enhances both job and company satisfaction. And that consequently, will trickle and positively impact customer satisfaction as well.
What I’ve learned so far though is that the secret to getting anything accomplished is to get started. Creating is hard and putting our thoughts and experiences out there for the world to see and read and most probably criticize, makes us extremely vulnerable, but without vulnerability and the courage to face criticism, nothing authentic can ever be created.
A fail-safe way of conducting a meeting is proper preparation, and in order to properly prepare for a meeting, I recommend the following sequence in order to ensure we are maximizing people’s time and effort adequately. Remember, time is the most precious asset we have, and one we can never get back!