Awareness. What comes to mind when you think awareness? Leaders need a heightened sense of awareness. This is particularly important for leaders in order to manage their impact on the people they are working with, guiding and supporting.
In some of my past articles I’ve talked about First-time Managers and First-time Manager Syndrome experienced by Senior people thrust into a leadership role for the first time - or a role Senior to their current role in a new organization. I am seeing first-time manager syndrome more often these days. In my work I’m seeing that the biggest transition is sometimes the most senior person’s transition into their role.
We are built to see, watch and emulate other people. We are pack animals and like to be with others. In fact, being with others is a big part of the makeup of our good health and wellbeing.
When we lead people, being aware that there is a large chance our team will copy our behaviour in some way, means we have a responsibility to lead with integrity and in a way that brings out everyone’s best self.
If you’re like me you've got some passion around the things that you're doing. You’re doing them because you believe in them, you want to see them through and you believe there is value in doing them. You get all wrapped up in the work you're doing. You’re passionate about the work. Then, things change, you’re asked to move in a significantly different direction.
Trust. What does it mean to you? As a concept for people who are responsible for others in an organization, I believe trust gets overlooked and dismissed too soon by too many. The result is that there isn’t a focus on building trust and it isn’t seen as important as maybe it should be. It certainly can be something we don’t consciously work on, which is funny because we spend money on outdoor courses aimed at building trust. That trust, where dangers are imminent, and trust is obvious, doesn’t appear to directly translate back to the office!