An end to isolation
Deconstructing the capabilities, behaviours, responsibilities and mind-sets of great leadership reveals a long list of attributes that could feel daunting, not to say impossible, for even the most competent and confident among us.
And, in trying to live up to this blueprint we may be neglecting the practices that can help us most.
We are living in an age of isolation. Societal shifts in how we live and connect with others (social media) have supported this more isolated sense. The pandemic, whilst temporary, has shifted our ground again into deeper disconnection with conventional social interaction off the agenda and, for many, WFH the norm.
In and among all the many tasks on our agenda, our opportunity as leaders is to focus on connection. That’s about checking in with the people we lead as people. Listening deeply to their concerns, hopes and aspirations and being open and vulnerable in the conversations.
In deepening connection we’re building relationship and trust and opening up the opportunity to share the responsibilities of leadership by engaging and empowering all the talents across our team. The outcomes won’t just be better for all, they’ll feel better too.
As John Donne wrote, ‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.’