No newsletter last week 😱 I was preparing for a company offsite where myself and my co-facilitator bravely went into the Hungarian countryside with post-its, sharpies and hope. It ended up being a great day of workshops which I will go into another time.
This month Virgin.com
focused on the topic of Leadership and I could not put myself forward to do a guest post. As there are so many angles to leadership I decided to focus on one of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela (see above). Although he was talking about a different kind of leadership, I believe that the approach of leading from behind extremely pertinent for todays workplace.
In it I explain that for leaders to lead from behind they need to do this first;
It is imperative that you get a good understanding of your team’s strengths, weaknesses and motivations (to be clear, firstly you should be aware of your own).
However in order to get that level of insight into your teams you need to have established a basic level of trust. Without trust your team members are unlikely going to be open with you and share their goals and motivations. Trust is not something you can ‘hack’ as it takes time, genuine interest and consistency.
A great way to start to build that trust is to spend one on one time with the team. This one on one time should be focused on them, a check-in to see how they are doing, raise any blockers they need help with, and how they are moving towards their development goals.
The more you understand your team on an individual level the better able your are to lead them on a team level.