If you live your life within the boundaries circumscribed by others, you’ll never know the full scope of your potential – nor will anyone else. – Dr Lois Frankel
Organisations in which leaders continuously fail to uphold a united front through demonstrated action and by this I mean stand united in their decision making processes as opposed to voicing their personal biases, will struggle to gain their employees trust.
What does bring strong employee engagement (buy-in) is demonstrated alignment amongst the leadership team through one united voice and consistent language, instead of leadership teams continuously putting each other on the chopping block (dog eat dog mentality).
This kind of approach lacks credibility and influence to bring their employees on board their change initiatives which are supposedly there to better service the customers and the business holistically.
What leaders amid organisations need to realise is that they are representing a company and the company’s ethos and therefore leaders need to park their egos aside and focus on the bigger picture which does not concern their individual biases, especially if they are not in alignment with the company values.
Certainly at an individual level, if you are passionate about the initiative/goal, yes absolutely… BUT….what if you are merely reporting to tick the box? Organisations are well known for making their staff inflate reports to appear better than they are for the sake of public perception.
A great example being the hot topic of gender diversity, having more women in senior/executive positions. Do we really need the government to mandate reporting in order for it to be taken seriously? Anything that is forced rather than engaged, is far from sustainable (productive). Informing and educating, builds a following, resulting in greater impact, through demonstrated action.
My take, if it’s an engrained habit, it’s demonstrated in all that you do and therefore does not require special attention. Informing and educating is key rather than creating all this hype around the need for more measures, to prove you are doing the right things on the surface. What really matters, is walking your talk each and every day, advocating your cause rather than showing off in an annual report.
Regardless of your status, invest time in really “getting to know” your peers and vice versa. Do this and you will reap the rewards 10 fold as your efforts guide you in understanding personal preferences (likes/dislikes), as opposed to focusing on the technical, operational and/or strategic matters alone. Demonstrating commitment to the relationship, will aid in:
- More informed and cohesive decision making
- Critical thinking in time of need as a result of our global landscape, especially if challenged by remoteness, differing time zones, language barriers, technology, etc.
- Taking ownership/accountability rather than hand-balling issues
- Your ability to respond with confidence in a timely manner by exercising some discretion (accepting that sometimes you need to think outside the box)
Sometimes all we need is a fresh start to reinvigorate our passions and bring us back to life.
This week saw me entering a new chapter which started with cleansing myself of all debt. Sure there were some significant sacrifices to be made but I made a decision to stop living at the mercy of debt and focus on quality of life around me. This decision, whilst pretty overwhelming, has brought a sense of freedom to make some clear choices towards my passions and my future. The sense of empowerment I am feeling right now is remarkable and far outweighs any materialistic loss.
Decide today to make a fresh start and regain some control of your life.
Have a great week!