If you’re already a part of your company’s management or executive board before the pandemic began, we understand how difficult it must’ve been to come up with a new approach on how you can lead your colleagues, be able to communicate with them effectively, and think of new strategies that will help your company stay afloat despite not knowing what’s going to happen in the next few months during this pandemic.
On top of that, some of you still probably have responsibilities outside work as well — like taking care of your children, being a part of a non-profit organization, and of course, managing your self.
According to Fortune Magazine, Pew Research, and Korn Ferry, women in corporate leadership consists of:
The greater percentage of these, of course, consists of men. This only shows that a lot more work needs to be done, and one of those is to check your current pool of talents and see if you have any female employee who can take on a leadership role.
Doing so can help your company perform better, which leads to greater profitability, as reported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). They also added that putting more women in leadership positions brings about dynamic innovation, creativity, and productivity as a fruit of a diverse workforce.
Going into a more personal perspective, would you consider yourself as a leader who delivers results consistently and someone who can be depended on by your teammates when things get rough for them?
One of the most important characteristics every leader should have is reliability. It’s the trust from both our juniors and seniors that will create a great impact on your career and your company’s growth as well.
Just as you’re facing challenges and hardships outside work, so do your team members. Howard Boville, Senior Vice President of Hybrid Cloud at IBM, has shared that he makes time to check that his employees are happy, healthy, and focused. Since the whole leadership team of IBM keeps the mental wellness of their employees in mind, they were able to give the appropriate guidance and counsel to people who feel burned out and needed help.
Aside from this, showing some vulnerability to your team members can help them see and understand that you’re choosing to do your best and stay connected with them despite having a lot on your plate, too. By being an example, you’re telling them that their own vulnerability isn’t bad and there are ways to manage them.
Learning each of our team members’ challenges and vulnerabilities helps us understand the need to appreciate and congratulate them on every accomplishment they have, no matter how big or small. Sending them a short congratulatory message for the effort and hard work they have put in to a certain project or proudly speaking about it to your whole team during a meeting can motivate them to continually deliver and improve.
As we tell our team members that they shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help, you should also do that as well even if you’re already a leader. You may find it weird and uncomfortable, but doing this actually reflects your humility as a person. They already know that you’re not perfect, so it shouldn’t be a problem for you to ask questions, admit when you don’t know something, and apologize to them when you commit a mistake.
As a leader, getting feedback from your team can greatly help you evaluate your progress and find solutions to areas you lack.
The road to becoming a reliable leader doesn’t happen overnight. Just continue to show up, accomplish your tasks, and communicate with your team.
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