Is your team not operating well? Do you seem to have ongoing people issues in your business? Here’s some bad news, that may turn out to be good news: Often your team is a reflection of you.
Leaders set the tone and a team will take their standards and even their ethics from you. The standard you walk by will become the team standard.
We all have a need for self-awareness; especially as leaders. In my experience and opinion, high EQ and a willingness to be vulnerable goes a long way to learning how to be an effective leader. The core of that journey is embracing your authentic self.
As Dr Brene Brown eloquently puts it, “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.”
It behooves us to take personal responsibility, and recognise that our team’s seeming dysfunctions, may be rooted in our own behaviour. The team is watching for behaviour cues, and as the cliché somewhat painfully says the fish may well be “rotting from the head”.
The real change, is the significant shift I have seen when I endeavor to truly serve the people, mindful that I will set the tone.
The Golden Rule has been around for a couple of thousand years, and literally contributed to the foundation of western society. It’s the radical supposition that if we treat others, as we would like to be treated, good results will ensue.
So today, if you’re experiencing a difficult team, maybe take a look ‘closer to home’ and make the adjustments you know you need to make. You’ll be glad you did.