How To Inspire Your Leadership With A Higher Purpose
Is your management threatened by disruption? Then it's time to take the bull by the horns. If you are a business leader put your employees first and set a healthy vibe in the workplace. Change management should start with a smile. The secret is to generate trust, which should be central to any working relationship.
Without trust, nobody will take risks. Sure, they'll do their jobs, but at arms length keeping their heads in the sand as a form of protection. Everyone has had the experience of working with individuals not worthy of their trust. The atmosphere is deadly and we are highly unlikely to engage our full potential for fear of criticism or worse.
It goes without saying that change management is disruptive. To step up to the leadership challenge, inspire your mission with a higher purpose.
Start by demonstrating respect for your employees. They are after all, the front line between you and your clients. They are your brand ambassadors. People speak. Spread the word. Share the wealth. The negative tactics of force and manipulation are so yesterday.
Here are just a few cues to change your leadership style in order to inspire your business with a higher purpose. Start by Implementing a positive incentive program and build your CLQ (company likability quotient).
I know like you do that the raison díÍtre of an enterprise is to generate loot. Nobody is debating this simple fact. It doesnít mean that you must run your business like a sweatshop manufacturing T-shirts in Bangladesh.
Take the example of Richard Branson. This guy leads the Virgin Group front and center. He knows everyoneís name. He asks employees about their childrenís football matches. Heís engaged, and his employees know he cares about their welfare and growth. The final result: they work twice as hard because they believe what they do matters. Every person feels empowered and valued.
RB emphasizes coaching skills. His managers are effective because they support their teams. When managers coach employees, positive outcomes become reality. Empathy and a respect work wonders. Test this out and you'll witness a dramatic change. Nobody wants a guerrilla in the room. When employees harbor resentment, it will be terribly hard for you to win back their trust and allegiance.
Recently Seattle CEO, Dan Price cut his salary 90% so he could increase his employees' wages to $70k. "There's greater inequality today than there's been since the Great Recession," Price told The Huffington Post.
"I'd been thinking about this stuff and just thought, 'It's time. I can't go another day without doing something about this.'"
Because it was unexpected, every employee was thrilled to bits. Why did he do it? Because he felt it was the right thing to do. Talk about social responsibility and inspiring his work force.
How Employees View Their Organization
I find it fascinating how employees rate their organizations. It is quite revealing. It takes you to the heart of the mechanics underpinning organizational culture. Before you start tooting your own horn, remember admiration and respect must be earned. Leadership that getís it understands. They donít live in a glass tower.
Just For Fun
Just for fun conduct a survey and tally the results. Do you work in a culture where collaboration and unselfishness are business mantras? Do appreciation, compassion, and respect flourish? Does C-suite generate a culture of respect where everyone is really on board?
Clearly great leaders donít need to be told about their greatness. It would be meaningless. They strive to invest their energy into productivity, profitability, and client satisfaction. However, they also recognize that nothing would happen if they didnít express their gratitude to their team for making it happen.
The team here is not an inner circle of psychopaths. The team is everyone who works for or at the organization. This includes the guys who sweep up at the end of each working day. When everyone is valued, the pulse of a vibrant business environment becomes a sine quo non. Work should be a passion not just a job.
Why You Should Inspire Hope
People need a reason to wake up in the morning. Even a great paycheck is insufficient. You need more to inspire your team to greatness. This is where hope comes into the picture. Everyone wants to believe that what they do matters. In my experience at WCW, everyone knows that our future lies in our hands. We thrill to the challenges as a team. We recognize that changing peopleís lives is a privilege, and we strive to do this one person at a time. Does everything run smoothly? Not always, but together we laugh, joke, and drink barrels of espresso.
I recognize that not all business organizations are the same. Some are more vertical than others. However, you have the power to put into place a culture of hope no matter what your firmís activity is. It is easy to calibrate lists of things that donít get done fast enough, why goals are hard to obtain, or why certain initiatives cannot generate successful outcomes sooner.
To do this consistently creates a negative atmosphere. Not only will talented employees leave your organization so will you if you look in the mirror. Every great business leader understands that people need to dream and hope. A corporate culture void of hope is doomed to implode at some stage.
Take A Reality Check Jack Welch once stated, ďFace reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.Ē Unconsciously, he reiterated one of the old and noble Vedic truths: ďThe world is as you see it. Embrace it.Ē This is what I refer to as crazy wisdom. Injecting a small dose of crazy wisdom into your business will work wonders.
As a business leader, you clearly want to be frank with everyone on the team. However, frankness doesnít give you license to exercise bad manners. Nobody wants to work with an ogre. If you are having a bad sales quarter, firing the sales team is not necessarily the solution. Maybe your strategy needs recalibration? Perhaps rather than thinking within a box, you should drop your box mentality completely. Learn to be more flexible. Above all, learn to laugh at yourself. Be serious, but take yourself less seriously.
Lastly, we counsel building alliances. Work should be a collaborative experience. Fostering steadfast relationships ensure that team members have opportunities to fulfill their own developmental goals. This builds a sense of reciprocity. When you've done so, trust will flourish and harmony in the workplace will dominate.
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Andrew Scharf shares enchanting stuff on the topics of marketing, innovation, talent development, coaching, enchantment, and craftsmanship. He is also the head Koi at CAREO, a career management consultancy under the WCW Group brand.
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