3 leadership tips to navigate the working environment post lockdown
My recent article with Elite Business Magazine about leadership in the new working world seems to have struck a chord with many leaders and businesses. This style of leadership is something I am incredibly passionate about and the reason I started my coaching business.
Our working world has changed, and is changing again, as we navigate moving back to offices and explore hybrid or flexible working.
So, how do leaders manage this process to ensure our employees feel trusted, safe and empowered to keep morale and productivity at a high?
Employees have proven that when they are given responsibility and trust they will deliver. If this starts to be taken away we risk losing great talent, so looking after our talent is going to become a number one priority.
Here are 3 tips to help you lead your teams into the next phase of change:
- Communication – Over communicate to your teams, provide the certainty they need in knowing where you are with your decision making. Don’t let them wonder and assume how it will be. Even if you don’t know all the answers yet, let them know that – it’s better to be transparent than driving them to second guess and gossip being created to fill the uncertainty. I also recommend you ask your team how they would like it to be, what they believe and expect now the offices can open up again. Create a sense of collaboration and ownership in designing new ways of working.
- Individual leadership – All people want to know is that they matter. See the person in your team, not the job title. Working from home has naturally increased this style of leadership as we have had an insight into the lives of our colleagues and teams. Take the time to listen and understand how each of the team are responding to how you are planning to work going forward. When people feel heard and understood they are more receptive and supportive to change.
- Trust – You will have needed to trust your teams more than ever throughout the last year. Build on this trust, don’t allow it to be stripped away. If your team is achieving their goals, does it matter how they got there? Maintain the attitude of flexibility and people finding their best way of being productive. We are all different and in this last year we have discovered so much more about the environment we individually need to be high performers. Allow these new findings to grow and don’t slip back to rigid working systems.
We are emerging into a new working world and this requires leaders who can understand human behaviour, mindset and how to meet the needs of their teams at a higher level than ever expected before. Leaders need to step into their courageous zones and be the role model for their teams to do the same.
Joanna is an award winning international coach who is passionate about helping people achieve personal and business success. Combining 20 years of operational experience with her behavioural expertise and leadership coaching, Joanna has worked with leading companies like Getty Images and the BBC to increase performance and results. If you’re interested to learn how Joanna can help you and your team, book your free discovery session with Joanna here.