All signs point to big changes this year. Predictions abound related to changes in where we’ll work, when we’ll work, and what organizations will need to be successful in what is hoped to be a year of recovery for many.
As your organization flexes to meet oncoming challenges, your employees will look to their leaders for courage and clarity. Give those leaders what they need to lead with a clear blueprint for success and continuous feedback throughout.
As talent developers, you know the leadership behaviors that drive engagement and business impact:
Leadership habits like these make teams out of individuals and make goals feel real and achievable. But they don’t come naturally to everyone, and your leaders need more than biannual workshops and on-demand learning to nail them.
Example blueprints for Trust, Collaboration, Communication, and Inspiration
Leader Behaviors That Build Trust:
Keep commitments and promises.
Don’t take credit for the work of others.
Be transparent about what you want and why.
Leader Behaviors That Foster Collaboration:
Be readily available to support team projects.
Share important information quickly.
Help others when they are running out of time.
Leader Behaviors That Enable Clear Communication:
Use easy to follow language.
During a conversation, pay attention and don’t do other things on the side.
When explaining something, be concise and get to the point quickly.
Leader Behaviors That Inspire Teams:
Praise team members when they work hard.
Listen to others’ ideas and take them seriously.
Help others understand how their work contributes to the success of the team and company.
These blueprints are anything but ‘set it and forget it’!
Revisit them throughout the year to ensure your leaders have the most updated habits to adapt to new or unexpected changes. Here, we adjusted the target behaviors related to Communication to address the new needs of a team that’s gone remote:
Leader Behaviors That Promote Clear Communication (Remote Edition)
Stay easy to reach by phone, email, and chat.
Ensure each teammate is well-informed and understands what is currently going on.
Check in with teammates frequently to know what they’re working on and what they need.
#2: Continuous Feedback
psychologically safe confirmation that it’s working
As these leaders begin to adjust their behaviors, they’ll need constant feedback to understand whether their efforts are working. After all, some of these behaviors will be brand new for them!
Continuous feedback is the answer here. Implement a process where each leader receives frequent feedback from their closest coworkers on how closely they’re aligning to each behavior in their blueprints. This approach will enable your leaders to try new behaviors and quickly see if their method is working. It also prevents them from unwittingly doing the wrong thing for months between assessments.
In conclusion – you got this!
2021 will bring new challenges and test your organizations in new ways – but with the right processes in place, your leaders will be ready for anything the new year throws their way.
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