Our experience shows that great leaders create an inviting workplace by extending and building trust. Some leaders naturally build this workplace culture, while others have a learning curve based on their natural behaviors or past experiences.
Here are three crucial steps for leaders who want to create a healthy work environment where people will look forward to meetings –
- Be intentional to show respect and dignity for others.
As a manager in the insurance industry, my friend and colleague, Tom, learned the frustration and demotivation of having an unhealthy boss whose style was to dominate and bully, creating fear through disrespect and contempt for his people. From these opposite experiences Tom made a commitment to lead others by showing genuine respect and dignity. Having that type of commitment takes a lot of courage and inner confidence.
- Establish clear expectations.
It’s crucial that everyone understands the ground rules, their responsibilities, the agenda, and the leader’s desired outcomes. They should expect that if they’re on target with their commitments, they can feel good about reporting successful progress. On the other hand if they are behind in meeting their goals, they must provide solid explanations and solutions about the problems.
- Communicate openly and often to collaborate.
One important aspect of healthy communications is to facilitate the kind of transparency needed to collaborate and work as a team. Ultimately individual goals impact team goals, which drive organizational success. Communicating effectively is hard work for anyone, but it’s more of a stretching exercise and adapting out of their comfort zone for others.
So, what kind of leader are you? Make the choice to have the character, courage, and commitment to follow through. Please join the conversation by commenting below.
You can also read and watch the entire blog on this topic – “3 Leadership Must-Haves for Successful Meetings”
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