Build cultures of trust.
When you have a culture of integrity and trust, when people know you will not shy away from honesty, even when it’s difficult, they are far less likely to resort to self-preservative behaviours in times of stress. When everyone trusts each other and is focused on what’s best for the company instead of how best to protect themselves, you can take your team and organization leaps ahead.
Connect with your inner leader.
Individuality is key to conscious leadership because authenticity is how you lead best. You will learn how to move past those limiting beliefs of who “should” be, give yourself the full approval and acceptance you deserve, connect with your inner wisdom, and bring it forward with confidence.
Show up with courage.
If you want employees to feel safe, seen, heard and respected, you need to blaze that trail. If you want them to be honest and raw, YOU need to be honest and raw. If you want them to open up about failures or mistakes so that everyone can progress, YOU need to open up about failures and mistakes.
Recognition drives engagement. But for it to drive change, you need to recognize, then direct! Call out people’s strengths and successes, then direct them towards more of that. Directing people towards their strengths helps them connect with themselves, motivates them towards personal growth and empowers them to bring their best to the organization.
Give truly constructive feedback.
Good feedback honours the person’s value, strengths and contributions, clearly states the issue to be overcome, stays open to questions, counter-feedback and the potential for misunderstanding, is focused on the path forward, and holds the person accountable in an empowering way.
People are afraid to try new things when they fear failure. Letting go of the outcome and embracing the lessons of failure is one of the most courageous things you can do in business. It’s hard, but it empowers people to open their minds, tap into their creativity, and explore the possibilities, rather than hide in the safety of status quo.
Most employees spend a lot of time and creative energy covering up mistakes, shortfalls or perceived inadequacies. When you do the work to build a culture of trust instead of fear, one that prioritizes progress and personal growth over perfection, all of that time and energy gets redirected towards raising up the organization.
Honour the human.
As leaders, we often need to make tough decisions and initiate difficult conversations. When you do this from a place of authenticity, compassion and respect for the human, you build unwavering trust throughout the organization.