Happy Tuesday. Have a wonderful day. Enjoy.
Always do your best……there is the mechanics of leadership but to reach the level of extraordinary we must lead with our hearts too. It is said that first people follow the vision, and then they must follow the leader. If not then execution stalls and people disengage. Brilliant strategies never come to life if a leader is unable to capture both the hearts and minds of their employees. Ultimately, leadership is about actualizing your humanity. It is about not only bringing positive change, but about recognizing change fatigue. It is about moving quickly and then slowing down to evaluate; allowing everyone to see, think, and then do. Leaders have the greatest impact on their teams environment, and people who lead with heart and mind create strong cultures. People who lead with fear create the opposite.
Leaders who manage with heart and mind, know the wisdom of treating people with respect, compassion, and kindness. They have mastered the art of push then pull in their leadership style. Because if all they do is push, they end up with a team of exhausted people. Tired people make mistakes, and they disengage mentally and emotionally. There is a fine balance between striving and living. If all we do is strive to work, then we miss out on living; and we cannot achieve our professional and personal goals because we become the proverbial hamster in the wheel. Strong leadership requires us to honour and dignify the lives of those we lead. We can only do this if we speak the truth to ourselves when we hold the mirror up. Too often we only ask ourselves did they understand what I said? When we should also be asking ourselves, how did they feel? When you slow down periodically, you will notice that peace is not the absence of conflict, but the true strength of a courageous heart.
Robin Sharma said “Manage by mind, lead by heart. Every visionary leader has mastered the practice of deeply connecting to their followers. They have refined the art of clarifying their vision for the benefit of their people in a way that fully engages and stirs them into action. Through their people skills and talents as effective communicators, visionary leaders touch the hearts of their team and earn long-term loyalty. One of the deepest of all human hungers is the need to be cherished and understood. Let your humanity shine at work and treat people with courtesy and kindness. Simply put, when you enrich the relationship, you enhance the leadership.”
By Lisa Scott ~ Executive Life Coach