Leadership Beliefs: Are Yours Helping You Lead?
by Kate Nasser |
Leadership Beliefs: Are Yours Serving You & Your Teams?
Leaders often focus on vision, goals, actions steps, and results. How often do you ask yourself, “What are my leadership beliefs and are they helping me lead?” Here’s a list of ten to get you started on leading and engaging today’s team members with maximum success.
Leadership Beliefs: What Are Yours & Are They Helping You Lead?
Find some uninterrupted time to complete this list with your beliefs on:
- What is your belief about emotion in the workplace? This affects how you lead and engage diverse employees. It impacts how you assess performance. It influences whom you mentor for leadership positions.
- How do you see patience? Do you see it as laziness or inaction? This affects how you lead and engage diverse employees. It impacts how you assess performance. Your leadership belief influence whom you choose to mentor for leadership positions and how you mentor them. Do you agree with Edmund Burke: Our patience will achieve far more than our force. If not, what do you believe?
- Humility – strength or weakness? This is a very important belief when leading a diverse workforce. Cultural differences impact people’s behavior. List out what you see as high performance and low performance behaviors. Are any of the low performance behaviors actually your weak view of humility? Are the high performance behaviors skewed toward over-confidence? Define humility and you will be able to write your leadership beliefs about it.
- Empowerment – do you believe in it? How do you define it? Many leaders see it as delegating. Yet delegating tasks isn’t true empowerment. Others see it as throwing people into the deep end and letting them find themselves. Employees might see this as abandonment. To empower is to inform with knowledge, mentor skills, and share power. It includes collaboration. What is your belief about that? Path to success or risky business?
- Teamwork – do you truly support it? How do you respond when maverick top performers don’t work with others? Team players will be assessing your leadership beliefs about teamwork at this moment.
- Showing employee appreciation – necessity or nicety? Employee surveys continue to rank appreciation and recognition as highly important. They also show that leaders aren’t doing it enough. Are you one of those leaders? Why? What are your leadership beliefs about employee recognition and appreciation?
- Employee interaction trouble – do you help them work through it? Or do you label it as immature whining? Do you snap back, work it out for yourselves! Think about your leadership beliefs about your role in employee interaction. Your beliefs drive your actions and the success of the organization.
- Collaboration or competition? Do you believe in one more than the other? Do you think they are opposites or coexisting? What do your actions say? Many a team is undone by differing views on this with confusing messages from the leaders.
- Inspiration or just the facts? Should a leader inspire employees? Is that part of your role? Some leaders see it as essential to employee engagement others see it as a fluffy waste of time. This is an important leadership issue.
- Creativity – do you want it as a culture? Or do you see creativity as frazzled and unproductive. Leadership focus on innovation and creativity is very hot today. Do you truly see the value in it and want it? If yes, do you know how to create it?
Understand your leadership beliefs, check them with your actions, and eliminate the differences. Saying one thing and doing another is a trust buster. Employees need you to clarify your beliefs and follow through with your actions. Here are 18 more things they value and respect in leaders.
From my professional experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People Skills Coach™
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