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In the realm of leadership, there’s a conversation happening every day – a conversation that you might not be privy to, but one that holds immense significance. When the people you manage sit down to talk about their day with their partners, friends, or in the quiet solitude of their journals, can you venture a guess at what dominates their discussions?
It’s probably YOU.
That’s right. The level of impact and influence you wield in someone else’s life is profound. Your actions and decisions ripple through not just their professional sphere but their personal one, too. It affects their families, their friends, their eating habits, their sleep, and even their mental health.
Here’s the kicker. They’re probably not singing your praises. Chances are, they’re not regaling tales of your greatness. They’re not talking about how respected they feel, how recognized they are, or the unwavering support they receive from you.
No, instead, they’re experiencing stress and anxiety over their relationship with you. They’re ruminating on what you said in that last meeting. They’re hesitant to step away even for a moment for fear that you’ll swoop in with urgent demands. And they might even think that your attention is scattered everywhere except on them (and let’s be honest – it probably is).
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your team members should set their own boundaries, realize that your stress isn’t directed at them personally, and be available around the clock to cater to you. But let’s be real – that’s a tall order. So, what can you do as “The Boss” to bridge this gap and be a more effective leader?
1) Acknowledge Your Far-Reaching Impact: Recognize that your influence extends beyond the workplace, shaping the lives of those you lead.
2) Ease Up on Expectations: High expectations are essential, but they shouldn’t come at the cost of your team’s well-being.
3) Cultivate Trust and Empowerment: Trust your team’s abilities and empower them to make decisions. Then, crucially, let go.
4) Prioritize Development: Your success is intrinsically tied to theirs. Invest in their growth and watch your collective success soar.
5) Foster Inclusivity and Belonging: Create an environment where everyone feels valued and included, regardless of their background or circumstances.
6) Encourage Self-Care: Emphasize the importance of prioritization with rejuvenation, as it directly impacts both individual and team productivity.
7) Embrace Anonymous Feedback: Seek out anonymous feedback to gauge your effectiveness at implementing the steps above.
And then? You’ll be creating the next generation of truly exceptional and impactful leaders. That will give them something to talk about.