Having seen the benefits of taking more of a minimalist approach coming through in my personal life, I was prompted to think about what the parallel would be in the leadership space. What would a minimalist approach to leadership look like? How could we ‘do’ leadership in a way that is intentional and focused on what’s important and is about making a measurable difference?
Recognising the value of listening as a key leadership skill. Listening is one of the keys to communication, and in turn to leadership. When we have poor listening skills we jump to conclusions, misinterpret and misunderstand what is being said.
Listening is a key skill for leaders. Avoiding the need to be right or to feel that you always have the answer, and simply listen to what’s being said can transform your communication and your effectiveness as a leader.
Jason was at his wits end! What was up with this guy coming into his house and taking food out of his fridge? He was friendly enough, he smiled and made conversation on his way through the house – but really? Why did he think it was his right to stroll in and make himself… Read more
Once you let feedback loose in an organisation there is a period where people are trying it on, getting used to it and seeing if everyone else is buying in just as much as them. In the early stages feedback can often be poorly done: too lengthy, softened too much in order to not offend, poorly timed, poorly delivered, emotionally delivered, and a whole host of other accidental failures. If you want feedback to thrive then you need to look beyond the early difficulties and encourage the good use and practice of feedback because, like anything else, it takes a bit of practice particular in the organisational setting where there are so many pitfalls.