Our Foundations of Excellence Refresher
Every so often we find it useful to reconnect with our own Foundations of Excellence Leadership Philosophy, to re-engage ourselves with productive leadership mindsets that foster the aligned, passionate action you and your team need to achieve your goals.
Questions we use to challenge bad habits: Are we walking our talk? Do we model our own leadership mindsets properly in our work with clients? Was this reflected in the adoption of productive leadership mindsets in those with whom we worked?
Let’s take a moment to review the mindsets you need to adopt in our traditional three Foundations of Excellence leadership success factors:
Communication that Counts
Each conversation you have at work has a goal, does it not? Every exchange should be action-oriented and forward-looking. The goal does not have to be task or project-oriented: It could be devoted to deepening your relationships with team members by exploring their professional and personal interests, with an eye towards to understand better what most motivates them to higher productivity. If you can relate to their motivations, you can couch tasks in terms to which they can relate. This energizes employees.
The Pursuit of Truth.
Build the expectation that you believe the goal of conversation is not judgment, but engagement. Better business decisions spring from the steady flow of the truth. Mistakes are learning opportunities if the truth is prized by the team, and retribution is an unknown occurrence. If you consistently recognize and reward constructive truth-telling (not blame-casting, or gossip), you will gradually teach your people to seek and share the truth by default. You all gain by the universal adoption of this mindset!
Building Unshakable Trust
Clear, forward-looking conversation, deeper relationships and a commitment to the truth all help to build a strong bond between coworkers, which we call unshakable trust. When people can trust their leader to reward the pursuit of truth and commit to communication that counts, real trust grows. Talk about that as a goal with your team. Make the building of trust a group goal that is an open agenda item that all can participate in, where people can bring it up when they feel the goal is under threat from “old habits” that don’t support the new mindset.
Acquiring and sustaining productive leadership mindsets that raise employee engagement are hard work, but raising productivity is the primary responsibility of any leader, so it is an ongoing investment that reaps great rewards!
Do you struggle to embed these good leadership traits? Do you find yourself slipping back into less productive leadership habits that might seem easier in the moment? How do you resist these easy but destructive occurrences?
Let us know if you or your team needs a refresher to regain the right track and get back to the path to high productivity!