Leaders today are facing new challenges. Remember, it’s important to build true confidence in yourself and others during this time.
Building your confidence today and inspiring confidence in your team is critical! And, given what’s going on in the world, it’s even more important now.
What inevitably gets in the way of being a confident leader? Your bad habits.
Due to all of the uncertainty, as a leader, you are under more pressure than ever before. Now, is when your leadership habits…the good, not-so-good, and bad…can either support you and your team achieving great results or not.
It’s Critical You Breakthrough These 3 Bad Habits
- Poor Listening Skills. This #1 bad habit will sabotage your results!
A leader had a bad habit of checking his emails and texts during meetings. He insisted he was only multitasking and could hear everything being said. He failed to understand the human brain is wired for one activity at a time. (Multi-tasking is a myth!) It wasn’t until he missed hearing critical information that he learned this lesson the hard way. Even after the team member repeated himself, he failed to understand or question the significance of it. As a result, the budget was exceeded and timeline was missed.
Always listen as though your results (and career) depend on it…because they do!
- Lack of Awareness. One leader constantly found fault with how others did their work. He thought he could do it better and faster. The truth was, he didn’t have the skills to do their jobs. He lacked the awareness of the impact of his comments and did not understand these comments disengaged his team and hurt productivity.
When someone fails to achieve the required results, it’s time to inspire confidence in your team members, not criticize their work habits. Remember, during this crisis, it’s NOT business as usual.
During ALL conversations stay present and aware:
- State the intended goal or results in 10 words or less.
- Listen to each team member’s input and concerns.
- Work through any push-backs in a win-win manner (think, ethical considerations, workability, impact on others, etc.).
- Align on the work and completion dates with your team to meet your client’s needs.
- Provide necessary resources. Remember, working from home is not the same as working from the office.
Your awareness determines the quality and timeliness of your team’s results.
- Know-It-All Attitude. A new leader was a micromanager, a common trait of inexperienced leaders. She wanted everything done exactly as she thought it should be done. Whenever a mistake was made, instead of taking responsibility, she blamed her team (and others) for making her feel humiliated and for letting her down.
To break this bad habit, listen to your team members’ ideas. They are working on the front lines and can be resourceful when encouraged to do so. Also, listen from compassion since they are experiencing a lot of frustration, stress, and anxiety during these uncertain times. It’s up to you to inspire confidence in them!
Building true confidence in yourself and others starts inside you.
Remember, bad habits are amplified during a crisis. They will come out and be displayed in unexpected and unwanted ways. Work with an executive coach NOW to effectively navigate through these uncertain times. It’s the mark of a confident leader who inspires confident team members!
©Jeannette Seibly, 2012-2020
Jeannette Seibly is an award-winning dynamic results coach and keynote speaker. For the past 27 years, she has guided the creation of leaders to excel in achieving results. Contact Jeannette today for straight talk with dynamic results. Don’t forget to listen to her podcasts on Anchor.FM or YouTube.com.
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