There are so many directions to go when thinking about Leadership Development and I've narrowed it down to a few simple things anyone at any level of their development can take on board. You may already be doing a few; together they form the basis of what I consider humane and thoughtful leadership.
1. Seeing. Take a step back and really see what's going on. At Impact Factory, we believe the ability to observe and make connections is one of the key skills all leaders require.
2. Listening. Take time to listen to those around you and once you've listened, listen some more. Look for the subtext of what people are saying, summarise what you've heard and reflect that back so that others know you've understood.
3. Acknowledging. Acknowledge the day to day not just the above and beyond. The more aware you are of all the little things your team does every day, the better you'll be able to give positive feedback for their efforts.
4. Collaborating. Invite the input of your colleagues at all levels. 'Your people' will be full of ideas that might turn out great or simply be the catalyst for new ideas to emerge.
5. Being vulnerable. It's OK to be human; actually, it's imperative to be human and let others know you don't know it all. However much you think you can do it alone, you can't. Seeking and using support makes you and your team stronger.
6. Allowing mistakes. Giving people space to make mistakes and helping them find a way of managing them is a great leadership trait. This includes allowing your own mistakes and accepting other people's help in finding a way through.
7. Keeping a sense of humour. Life is filled with absurdities, nonsense, ridiculousness and 'I can't believe this is happening' moments. Being able to see the humour instead of sinking into despair is a fantastic leadership strength.
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