Growth years can cause leaders to become blind to the issues that happen in their businesses. When people make money and customers love what you’ve got, it can feel like everything is right with the world.
Once your company loses its lustre in the public eye, the symptoms that you could ignore during the good times threaten to tear everything down. Many leaders try to treat the problems reactively instead of proactively addressing the concerns.
The modern leader must be conscious of possible arrogance (or the perception of it) while addressing the fears that people can develop.
These three steps can help you to achieve that goal.
1. Start Talking to Other People
Leaders often traverse a balancing act between the light and dark sides of their personalities. There is a need to show off one’s skills while simultaneously pushing a team or company toward growth opportunities. Add in a little travel, and one can feel almost exalted with their circumstances.
Talking with people ensures you step off of that pedestal. Having a conversation with someone about anything can cause stress to disappear. Before you start this process, it is helpful to know how others may see you – or how you might view the other person. Each personality communicates differently, and these changes can impact how information transfers between individuals.
2. Trust People More
Your career and title may be vital to you, but are those things the answer to every possible situation you face in life? Rick Moranis stepped away from a lucrative Hollywood career to take care of his family. When you’re in leadership positions, there can be a certain paranoia that someone wants to take your job. If you’re going to be successful, try making the conscious choice to be intentionally trustworthy.
What does it take to start trusting people more? It requires each leader to tap into the positive qualities of their personality. That’s where a profile or an assessment can be immensely helpful. When you know what you’re capable of achieving, it is much easier to push yourself toward the results you want.
3. Give People Attention
One of the biggest morale killers in a business is the gratuitous “thank you” note that means nothing. It might have a stamped signature, be sent as a form email, or come from a distracted leader. When you give someone the attention they deserve, the goodwill that comes from an authentic encounter helps everyone in that person’s orbit.
It isn’t unusual to see executives sharing opinions that put their subordinates into uncomfortable or vulnerable positions. Instead of being fast to react, try to listen more.
When you understand how a person’s personality impacts the way they communicate with others, it is easier to convey the information needed to accomplish results. If you can make the adjustments necessary to facilitate that process, you’ll start curing the illness instead of treating the symptoms all of the time.
Get in touch with the team at Talentpraxis Group Ltd to see how we can help you and your organisation.