Most of us enjoy focusing on certain goals that we would like to achieve in the year ahead. Setting and accomplishing goals is also one way to measure efforts, outcomes, and improvements. As we continue to move forward into 2022, I’m going to share four techniques that have helped me become a more inclusive leader.
Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders to possess. Far from what some might call a “soft approach,” being an empathetic leader has been shown to drive significant business results. Great leadership requires a fine mix of all kinds of skills to create the conditions for engagement, happiness, and performance. Empathy tops the list of what leaders must get right.
People today are experiencing stress in many ways, and data suggests it has amplified tremendously by the pandemic—and how our personal and professional lives have been turned upside down. It’s not uncommon to meet with someone today via Zoom, and meet with them while they’re in their living room or at their kitchen table. Knowing this, it’s important to be aware that there may be interruptions caused by kids, dogs, or home-deliveries. Being empathic about this new world that we’re all still trying to navigate together will help you earn trust and respect from your team.
With every team member, there are many wonderful talents and attributes that each of them bring to the organization. It’s crucial for business leaders to recognize the talent on their teams that already exist, and encourage them to embrace those talents and to continue building upon those strengths. In addition, assigning those team members to projects that will enable their talents to shine will provide them with added confidence and joy.
Welcome New Ideas
As an inclusive leader, you can’t fear new ideas. Everyone on your team comes with prior experiences that have taught them lessons, skills, and strategies, both professionally and personally. It’s our duty as leaders to listen and and incorporate new, innovative, never-been-done-before ideas that can help move our organizations forward. Exploring a new idea is an opportunity for growth within our organizations and own selves. As leaders, we do not know everything, and it is wise to surround ourselves with bright talent.
Empower and Inspire
The foundation of every great team is made up of support and empowerment from one another. Only once we see our team for the people that they truly are, can we support them and empower them to be the best versions of themselves and perform at their greatest.
Written by Christina DiArcangelo.
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