With uncertainty, change and conflict at an all-time high, there has never been a more exciting time to lead. If you have the courage to tell yourself the truth, set new boundaries, promote personal responsibility, stop the soothing and be a radical listener, check out his 5 Ways to Develop Leadership Courage in 2023. to introduce.
1. Tell yourself the truth
Evaluate your leadership challenges honestly.Have you been letting people off the hook because you’re afraid to start difficult conversations? micro management? Do you know how others see you as a leader?
Almost any situation can be improved if you can be honest about your challenges, but telling the truth always takes precedence.
why you need courage: the truth hurts. The first sign of heightened awareness is disgust. It never feels good to have your blind spots exposed. As a result, we avoid hearing or seeing things that make us feel uncomfortable. If you have the courage to face reality, the truth will stop the pain and set you free instead.
2. Set new boundaries
One of the main reasons for conflict in the workplace is the unwillingness or inability to set it up. proper boundaries. If the open door is a revolving door. If you’re solving everyone’s problems. If you want to be more successful than them, you have to set some boundaries. Let the people involved know that you are setting new boundaries, starting by owning the role you played. Make sure you intend to enforce the boundaries by communicating the consequences of crossing them.
why you need courage: Enforcing boundaries makes someone unhappy. It’s easy to back down for the sake of harmony or understanding, but the reason we needed boundaries in the first place was because they were using them. Remember this: Someone will be unhappy, but it doesn’t have to be you all the time.
3. Promote personal responsibility
Observing “victim mentality” by looking for evidence condemnation and gossip. Note that when someone talks about how someone else has done something wrong, they are talking to everyone except the person who has done something wrong. When I tell you what people are thinking, take a breath and ask, “What should I do?” you think? ” Most of the time they would say ‘okay’, but I had to understand other people’s points of view.power of attorney trap” Here, one represents everyone except yourself. Promote personal responsibility by allowing people to represent themselves first.
why you need courage: As a leader, it’s tempting to listen to gossip to understand who is doing what to whom. You want to shift gears by not getting distracted by listening to rumors about what other people are thinking. Instead, let the person represent themselves. If they have a problem with another colleague, employee, or boss, complain to the person they’re complaining about instead of expecting the problem to be resolved without their participation. Please guide those who say
4. Stop Soothing
It’s easy to agree to an idea when you don’t have time to think about it or need to back it up. If you tell an employee that it’s a good idea and you know it’s not, or if you promise to give it back to someone without putting it on your calendar, you’re probably trying to soothe them. let’s
why you need courage: You have to give up short-term gains and let go of addictions that make you feel good in the moment. We have to stop making promises that are built. Stop pleasing people and make your words golden instead.
5. Be a Radical Listener
Conflict is never easy. If you find yourself being irritated, intrusive, aggressive, or shutting down conversations, it means your emotions are getting the best of you. is. It asks you to fight or flee.
why you need courage: When you are in the midst of a conflict or disagreement, or when you feel misunderstood, every bone in your body is committed to sharing facts, arguing, and misleading others. hope to be understood. But these tactics never work. It takes years of programming to take a breather and say “tell me more”. As Stephen Covey says, “Seek first to understand.”that person listen Control the conversation first.
No matter what the challenges, leaders can develop the courage to deal with uncertainty, navigate change, and manage conflict effectively.
Marlene Chism is a consultant, speaker, and author. From Confrontation to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading (Berrett-Koehler 2022). She is a recognized expert on LinkedIn Global Learning her platform.connect with chism LinkedIn, or MarleneChism.com
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